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SOCHI SCENE: Slalom through drama

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 11:32 am •  Published: February 21, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (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."

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