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Meet Mikaela Shiffrin's Boyfriend, Sent Home From The Winter Olympics

A closeup of Mikaela Shiffrin.

ARE, SWEDEN - MARCH 17: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA celebrates during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals Women's Slalom on March 17, 2018 in Are, Sweden. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

One of the United States' biggest Winter Olympics stars is dating a fellow Olympian from another country. He's been sent home, though.

Meet Mathieu Faivre, a 26-year-0ld skier from France. He's dating American skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin. The couple has been dating since last summer.

Faivre, one of the best skiers in the world, was sent home by France's Olympic team for disciplinary reasons. He made some poor comments after his disappointing finish in the giant slalom event.

Reporters asked Faivre about his teammates, who finished ahead of him, and he responded by saying he was "disgusted with the result" and "I'm here to race for myself only," according to BBC.

The French skier took to Facebook to address what happened. He apologized.

"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," Faivre wrote on Facebook. "So yes, when it came time to give my feelings on my race, 10 minutes after crossing the finish line, only my performance and failure were present."

Faivre, a native of the French Riviera, made his Winter Olympics debut in 2014. He was set to compete in the Alpine skiing event later this week, but he no longer will.

Shiffrin spoke to US Weekly about their relationship a couple of months ago. They don't get to see each other a ton because of their busy schedules, but it works.

“I think it’s probably the easiest that it could be because I’m gone so much anyway,” she said of their relationship. “Like, it doesn’t matter who I’m dating, I’m never gonna really see them. At least with him, we can work out together, we can ski together and kind of find ways to meet up.”

Unfortunately for them, they're now going to have to spend more time apart than they had planned. Faivre will be watching the rest of the Winter Olympics from home.

Shiffrin, meanwhile, is set to compete in the combined event later this week. She dropped out of the downhill event because of how much the schedule has changed due to weather.