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Racy photos of Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun cause a stir in her native Lebanon

Mike Oz
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[Photos: See more images of Jackie Chamoun]

Chamoun, 22, posed three years ago for an annual calendar of skiers that's photographed and organized by fellow Olympic skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe, who represents Mexico. Other Olympians have appeared in the calendar before -- including Team USA's Julia Mancuso.

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Chamoun — who resides in Switzerland these days — issued an apology on her Facebook page, saying the behind-the-scenes footage was never supposed to be seen by the public.

I just want to make it clear to everyone who commented, shared the photos that appeared on the net in Lebanon yesterday. Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes 3 years ago. The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public. Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this.

Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race.

[Video: Halfpipe conditions play role in final]

She'll compete next week in the slalom.

In the video, Chamoun is asked which is easier being a model or a ski racer? Her response, "Ski. I'm not used to [posing] with no clothes."

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