Many Olympians compete hard even though they know they have little chance of winning a gold medal for their country.
Others pose topless to win another kind of gold.
ABC News reports a skier from Lebanon, Jackie Chamoun, one of two athletes the desert nation sent to Sochi, is one of the most talked about skiers at the Olympics because of topless photos and video recently leaked on the Internet.
Chamoun, 22, who finished 54th in the slalom at the Vancouver winter games, posed for the a 2014 calendar with other Olympic athletes. The images are pretty tame, by U.S. standards, but in Lebanon they prompted an investigation by the Arab nation’s Olympic committee.
The leaked images and video are much saucier, and Chamoun issued an apology for them on Facebook.
“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,” Chamoun wrote. “I fully understand if you want to criticize this.”
She asked that human nature be changed to help her out.
“All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it. It will really help me focusing [sic] on what is really important now: my trainings and race,” she said.
I have no problem with sexy calendars, as a lad I purchased my fair share, but isn’t the Olympics supposed to be about amateur sports, not modelling?
If an athlete has no chance of winning, should they be allowed to use the “Spirit of the Olympics” to further calendar sales?
Should the Olympics should have rules that automatically disqualify such athletes?
There’s no indication that Chamoun was paid to pose, but surely the Austrian prince/pop singer who represents Mexico at every winter games is making cash off the calendar he creates, right?
Chamoun indicates many in her conservative country may be unhappy with her liberal attitude and the photoshoot which took place at an upscale resort in the mountains of Lebanon.
“If we were somewhere else in Lebanon, in a public place, maybe they would have shooted [sic] us,” she said. “It’s really open there [in the mountains], like in Europe. In other places we could have been in really big trouble.”
A photo shoot shooting? She needs to bring her skills to America and teach me to ski.
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