US Skier Shiffrin's Boyfriend Booted From Olympics

France's Mathieu Faivre didn't sound too supportive of his team in angry interview
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Olympian Sent Home After Angry Interview
France's Mathieu Faivre competes during the first run of the men's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

An Olympic skier just got sent home from the Games in South Korea for being a little too me-centric. France's Mathieu Faivre, who happens to be the boyfriend of American skier Mikaela Shiffrin, got the boot after a reporter asked him about a race on Sunday in which he placed seventh. Three of his fellow French skiers finished ahead of him, but Faivre didn't sound too happy for them. "I'm here to race for myself only," said the 26-year-old, per the BBC. Now, when the French team competes this weekend in the Alpine team event, Faivre won't be there.

"Mathieu will return to France for disciplinary reasons," the director of French men's skiing tells the AFP. Faivre has since offered a mea culpa on Facebook, explaining that he was disappointed in his own performance and a little steamed after the race. "Skiing is an individual sport that is practiced as a team," he wrote. "However, when we are in the starting gate, only our individual race and our own performance are important. So yes, when it came time to give my feelings on my race, 10 minutes after crossing the finish line, only my performance and failure were present." As for Shiffrin, she won gold last week and will try again Thursday in the Alpine combined event, reports ESPN. (Consider this gold medal the "Miracle on Snow.")

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