Mathieu Faivre: French alpine skier kicked out of Games for lack of team spirit

Shiffrin boyfriend Faivre kicked out of Games for unsporting comments to reporters
By Reuters

19/02/2018 at 08:53Updated 19/02/2018 at 09:32

French Alpine skier Mathieu Faivre has been sent home from the Games after saying he did not care about medals won by his team mates and was only concerned with his own success.

The French Alpine team confirmed on Monday that Faivre had been kicked out of the Games for the comments he made to reporters after finishing seventh in the men's giant slalom on Sunday.

Alexis Pinturault won bronze behind Austrian Marcel Hirscher in the race and two other Frenchmen, Thomas Fanara and Victor Muffat-Jeandet, finished fifth and sixth.

Faivre, the boyfriend of Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, apologised for his outburst on Facebook.

 Mathieu Faivre of France

Mathieu Faivre of FranceEurosport

"When asked to describe my feelings on the race 10 minutes after I had crossed the finish line, only my performance and my failure were present.

"People don't react the same faced with failure and I have to admit, coming from the south, that I am hot-blooded. So words somehow overtook my thoughts.

"I did not want to show disrespect to anyone I was extremely proud to have represented my country and I thank those people who made it possible."

American Shiffrin, who won gold in the women's giant slalom, did not stop to speak to reporters on Monday after clocking the 15th fastest time in the second training session for the downhill.

Faivre would have been a strong contender for a place in the France team for the mixed Alpine team event, which makes its Olympic debut on Saturday.

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