French ice dancer devastated after embarrassing wardrobe malfunction

Posted February 21, 2018

Not only was the incident shown on the Olympics' worldwide broadcast but also on replays in Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea. Mladen Antonov / AFP/Getty Images France's Guillaume Cizeron performs with France's Gabriella Papadakis after the back fastening of her costume came undone duing the ice dance short dance.

On day three, South Korean skater Yura Min's dress came undone seconds into her performance.

As for how she managed to carry on, and complete the routine with such an awesome score, Papadakis said, "I prayed".

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During the final level of her performance, this mishap took place and the worst happened is that it got telecasted on worldwide TV. I told myself 'you have to keep going. "We do what inspires us, and we really try to create programs that we can have fun with", Cizeron said of their performance, "and I think it is, it has to be different from what other skaters have done before".

Although this was the first time that Papadakis and Cizeron competed in the Olympics, they showed great poise under pressure. That is not something you get ready for in your mind when you start the program.

Hopefully they'll avoid having another accident for the free dance on Tuesday and luckily the malfunction didn't set them back too far. [Hint: Ed Sheeran lyrics.] And despite her best efforts to keep the audience from discovering something brand new, her left breast was eventually exposed on live television. Her halter-top, complete with tassles and spangles, edged sideways to offer an unchoreographed flash of her left boob.

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They could go on to win gold despite the malfunction.

"We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays", the statement read.

Papadakis and Cizeron, who share a coaching team with Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and are widely seen as their biggest competition for the gold, finished the event in second with a score of 81.93.

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She said: "It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics". The couple would have lost five points for stopping the routine, so they made a decision to continue. Malfunction led to the drop in points and led them at number two position otherwise they would have passed the leaders' total 83.6.

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