A French alpine skier was sent home from the Olympics for being a bad sport - saying he couldn't care less about his teammates' performance and that he was there to "race for myself only".
French skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of United States skier Mikaela Shiffrin, was sent home from the Olympics for making critical remarks about his teammates after finishing seventh in the giant slalom Sunday.
David Chastan, director for French men's skiing, said Faivre would be returning to France "for disciplinary reasons". But he doubled down when asked about his French teammates, one of whom won a medal and three of whom placed ahead of Faivre.
Faivre said he was "disgusted with the result" and was "here to race for myself only".
French alpine skier Mathieu Faivre made remarks about his nation's team to journalists after the race. "So yes, when it came time to give my feelings on my race, a few 10 minutes after crossing the finish line, only my performance and failure were present", he wrote in a Facebook post. The combined event was originally scheduled to be run Friday; however, expected strong winds forced the event to be moved to Thursday, which affected Shiffrin's decision to skip Wednesday's downhill.
Shiffrin and Faivre have been largely private about their relationship until recently, but she's opened up about him in interviews. She recently told Us Weekly that because of the distance between them ― with Faivre living in France and Shiffrin in Colorado ― it's been hard for them to see each other.
By contrast his girlfriend Shiffrin won gold in the women's giant slalom last week, which is her second Olympic title after claiming the slalom top spot in Sochi 2014.