A French ski racer who also happens to Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend is headed home after making disparaging comments about his Olympic teammates following an alpine team event.
According to Reuters, Mathieu Faivre told reporters that he only cares about his own results and how his team’s overall performance is the furthest thing from his mind. “I’m here to race for myself only,” said Faivre.
“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.” – Mathieu Faivre
He has since issued a snarky, half-hearted apology. What’s even worse is that Faivre was scheduled to compete in the mixed alpine team event on Saturday. Not any more, this Olympian’s journey is over– caput.
I would like to come back to what I had to say about my race for the Olympic games today in pyeongchang.
As a reminder, I had claimed that the team race (not the team event!!) was the last of my worries about a journalist asking me for my feelings as a result of our good French shooting.
So I would just like to write you this little message to do my mea-culpa if it could shock some people and explain the substance of my thought.
Skiing is an individual sport that is practiced as a team. 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, a few 10 minutes after crossing the finish line, only my performance and failure were present.
No one reacts in the same way to failure and I have to admit, coming from the south, I may tend to have hot blood. So words have crossed my mind.
I did not want to disrespect anyone, I was extremely proud to represent my country and I thank all those who made this possible.
Good to you.
Find the entire Reuters article here: Frenchman Faivre kicked out of Games for lack of team spirit