March 22, 2018

Olympic Ice Dancer Gabriella Papadakis Calls Wardrobe Malfunction a 'Nightmare'

21 February 2018, 06:39 | Donald Newman

French Figure Skater Gabriella Papadakis Doesn't Let Wardrobe Malfunction Halt Her Routine

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Going into the Pyeongchang Olympics, French ice dance pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were amongst the top favorites to take home gold, but by the time they completed their first routine on Monday, Papadakis was in tears.

Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform during the 2018 Winter Olympics on February 19, 2018. That was about what I could do My worst nightmare at the Olympics. "I told myself, 'I don't have a choice".

"I think the twizzles [a move in ice dancing] is the only thing that kind of affected us the most because, you know, when you rotate it's kind of hard to keep your dress on when it's open", he said.

Though evidently exasperated, Papadakis didn't let the costume disaster affect her performance.

"We did not expect that when we started the programme". Papadakis came out of a complex lift manoeuvre and put her arms out in a flourish, with her left nipple clearly visible.

They received sympathy from other skaters, with Olympic champion Meagan Duhamel tweeting: 'Devastating...a costume malfunction can be such a disturbance mentally.

Despite the sartorial setback the French pair were in second place behind Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who smashed the short dance world record.

South Korean Min Yura won the hearts of skate fans on her Olympic debut after bravely battling on after a hook popped on her dress just seconds into her routine in the team short dance. "I'm still proud that we managed to pull out a programme like that even with a difficulty like this". Just as they began their dance, the clasp on her costume became undone.

A little over two weeks after the Super Bowl halftime show avoided a repeat of Justin TImberlake-induced nudity, the 2018 Winter Olympics has fallen victim to a wardrobe malfunction of its own.

Cizeron, 23, who took almost all the couple's questions from reporters after their skate, said it was frustrating to lose points over a costume malfunction.

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