French alpine skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of Mikaela Shiffrin, was sent home from the Olympics by France after controversial comments following his race.
Faivre finished seventh in the men’s giant slalom race on Sunday, with three of his French teammates finishing ahead of him. That was of little consolation to Faivre, who, according to the BBC, told reporters that he was “disgusted with the result.”
“I’m here to race for myself only,” Faivre said. “I felt I was skiing well in the second run but when I saw where I’d finished it was like a slap in the face.”
Faivre added “if you only knew what I think about the group collective,” but has since apologized for the remarks. French skiing director David Chastan confirmed that Faivre was dismissed from PyeongChang “for disciplinary reasons.”
Faivre’s Olympic experience obviously hasn’t gone well, and while his girlfriend did claim a gold medal and still has a shot at another, she has had a disappointing time of it relative to expectations, too. It seems safe to say the couple won’t remember PyeongChang as fondly as they could have.
Image via Instagram/Mikaela Shiffrin