The Associated Press KRASNAYA POLYANA (AP)—After crossing the finish line on her first slalom run, Lebanon’s Jacky Chamoun waved her ski poles as if she had just won a medal.
Turns out, a race was just the distraction she needed after topless photos surfaced of her on the Internet.
Chamoun wasn’t the fastest in her opening run Friday night—she was 23.43 seconds behind leader Mikaela Shiffrin—but Chamoun sure made up for it in gusto as she celebrated making it through the tricky course setting.
“I’m so happy to be here. It’s a great feeling to participate,” the 22-year-old said.
Chamoun said after her run that she didn’t give the off-the-slopes drama a second thought. Shortly after she arrived in Sochi, behind-the-scenes footage from a calendar shoot three years ago was posted online.
That prompted a Lebanese government official to order an investigation. The implication was that Chamoun had somehow harmed the country’s reputation.
“Small things aren’t going to disturb me, even if it was a big story in the country,” Chamoun said. “For me, I just continue. It’s not a big obstacle.”