French ski team sends Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend home

Mathieu Faivre finished seventh in Sunday’s giant slalom but was last out of four French competitors. –ANTONIO BAT/EPA

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French skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of US skier Mikaela Shiffrin, was sent home from the Olympics for making critical remarks about his teammates after finishing seventh in the giant slalom Sunday.

Faivre was one of four French skiers to finish in the top seven, but he said he didn’t care much about that accomplishment because he had finished last among the group.

“If you only knew what I think about the group collective,’’ Faivre told Agence France-Presse after the race. “I’m here to race for myself only.’’

His team’s response was to tell him to pack his things.


“Mathieu will return to France for disciplinary reasons,’’ David Chastan, director for French men’s skiing, told AFP on Monday.

“He made remarks after the race that were not in the spirit of the team and will not be retained for the team event.’’

Faivre wrote a post on Facebook Monday which he called a “mea culpa.’’

“Skiing is an individual sport that is practiced as a team,’’ he wrote, translated from French. “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, just 10 minutes after crossing the finish line, only my performance and failure were present.’’

Faivre said he’d felt good about his race and was disappointed when he looked up and saw the result, admitted a tendency to be “hot-blooded,’’ and said that he felt proud to have represented France.

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