Alpine skiing: Frenchman Faivre kicked out of Games for lack of team
Send a link to a friend
[February 19, 2018]
By Nick Mulvenney
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) -
French Alpine skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of Olympic
champion Mikaela Shiffrin, 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, who won a gold in the team event at last year's world
championships, apologized for his outburst on Facebook.
"I said that the performance of the team was the least of my
concerns when responding to a question (about) how I felt about the
French teamís overall good performance," the 26-year-old, who comes
from the southern city of Nice, wrote.
"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
"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.
[to top of second column]
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Giant
Slalom - Yongpyong Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea -
February 18, 2018 - Mathieu Faivre of France competes.
REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler/File Photo
"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
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 sex Alpine team event, which makes its Olympic
debut on Saturday.
(Additional reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Ed Osmond)
[© 2018 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2018 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thompson Reuters is solely responsible for this content.