Mikaela Shiffrin’s Olympic Skier Boyfriend Has Been Sent Home For ‘Disciplinary Reasons’

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Olympic skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend Mathieu Faivre was put on the first flight back to France after making some salty post-race comments on Sunday.

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After he finished seventh place in the men’s giant slalom race, he was asked for his thoughts on the race where all seven finishers were from France – Faivre’s home country.

“If you only knew what I think about the group collectively,” he told an unassuming reporter. “I’m here to race for myself only.”

He also said he was “disgusted” with the giant slalom result and it felt “like a slap in the face.”

Predictably, the French skiing team didn’t take too kindly to this outburst and sent him packing Monday morning.

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“Mathieu will return to France for disciplinary reasons,” the director for France men’s skiing said this morning. “He made remarks after the race that were not in the spirit of the team and will not be retained for the team event.”

Although the rest of his team probably wasn’t thrilled with his language, they desperately need him for some upcoming team races. Faivre was favored as a strong contender for another gold medal during the team alpine event, scheduled for this Saturday.

Faivre has since apologized for his “hot blooded” comments on both Instagram and Facebook.

“No one reacts in the same way to failure and I have to admit, coming from the south, I may tend to be hot blooded,” he said. “I did not want to disrespect anyone, I was extremely proud to represent my country and I thank all those who made this possible.”

Bonjour Je voudrais revenir sur les propos que j’ai eu suite à ma course des Jeux Olympiques aujourd’hui à PyeongChang. Pour rappel, j’avais affirmé que la course d’équipe était le dernier des mes soucis à la question d’un journaliste me demandant mon ressenti suite à notre bon tir groupé français. Je voudrais donc juste vous écrire ce petit message pour faire mon mea-culpa si cela a pu choquer certaines personnes et vous expliquer le fond de ma pensée. Le ski est un sport individuel qui se pratique en équipe. Cependant, quand nous sommes dans le portillon de départ, seule notre course individuelle et notre propre performance a de l’importance. Alors oui, quand est venu le temps de donner mon ressenti sur ma course, quelques 10 minutes après avoir franchi la ligne d’arrivée, seule ma performance et mon échec étaient présents. Personne ne réagit de la même façon face à l’échec et je dois l’admettre, venant du sud, j’ai peut être tendance à avoir le sang chaud. Les mots ont donc dépassé ma pensée. Je n’ai voulu manquer de respect à personne, j’ai été extrêmement fier de représenter mon pays et je remercie toutes les personnes qui ont rendu cela possible. Bien à vous. Mathieu

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Pretty wild that this guy defends himself just by claiming he’s from the South of France. It’s even more wild that people believe it. His Instagram has been flooded with French comments basically forgiving him and telling him to be strong. Hysterical. France will ban cat calling and public flirtation but are A-OK with stereotyping an entire region and forfeiting its chance at gold.

The French are wild. No word on whether Shiffrin and Faivre’s relationship has survived this little hiccup.

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