Scrutinized Alpine skier eager to return home
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun isn’t sure when she’ll return to her native nation after a scrutinized Olympics off the snow, but she’s looking forward to it.
Chamoun placed 47th out of 49 finishers in the Olympic slalom Friday night, 44.2 seconds behind American gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.
Chamoun raced after gaining attention in Sochi for a year-old risqué photo shoot.
Lebanon’s Sports and Youth Minister ordered an investigation into topless photos that recently spread in the Middle Eastern nation without her intent.
Faisal Karameh said he wanted “all measures taken to protect the reputation of Lebanon.” A Lebanon Olympic Alpine team administrator said Chamoun would not face repercussions, and she was in great spirits finishing in her Olympic debut.
“I’m OK,” Chamoun said. “It wasn’t easy the first days, but when you see the support of all the people, it makes you feel happy. Everyone in Lebanon is supporting me, sending positive messages. They gave me the courage to continue.”
Chamoun will head to her home in Geneva after Sochi and will visit Lebanon at an undetermined date.
“I’m sure a lot of people want to see me,” Chamoun said, “and I will be glad to fight on.”