Olympian wife of World Cup winner controversially posed nude before Sochi 2014

The Olympian wife of a former World Cup winner caused uproar in her home country before the 2014 Winter Olympics after topless pictures of her went viral online.

Jackie Chamoun, who is married to 1998 World Cup winner and ex-Middlesbrough and Real Madrid player Christian Karembu, posed naked for a racy calendar shoot.

The photos, which leave little to the imagination, show her holding strategically-placed ski equipment to protect her modesty while she models in a thong and ski boots in Lebanon's Faraya mountains.

Although the pictures were reportedly taken some three years before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, they were only released on the eve of the Games.

During a brief moment of conversation at the end of a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, Chamoun jokes that it’s much easier being a ski racer than a model because "I’m not used to posing with no clothes on."

However, it was no laughing matter when the video was leaked, with members of the Lebanese government claiming that the clips damaged the country's "reputation".

Chamoun apologised for the video and the snaps in a statement published on Facebook, which she claimed showed the preparation for the shoot, part of an Austrian cult calendar, rather than the final product.

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She wrote: "The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making of the preparation. It wasn't supposed to go public.

"I want to apologise to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture,' she added.

"Now that I’m at the Olympic Games … 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".

Chamoun's apology didn't go down well with everyone, while others pointed out that the Lebanese government had slightly bigger problems to deal with.

"Weekly car bombs, not a big deal. #JackieChamoun in a slightly revealing photoshoot: scandal. #LebaneseProblem," slammed one Twitter user.

Although she wasn't expected to medal before the emergence of her racy pictures, their publication certainly didn't help her chances of claiming gold on the slopes.

Chamoun eventually finished 47th in the slalom, 44.20s behind the leader, but unfortunately, it's not for her skiing that she will be best remembered for at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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