Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

French Ice Dancer Suffers 'Nightmare' Of A Wardrobe Malfunction During Competition

French Ice Dancer Suffers 'Nightmare' Of A Wardrobe Malfunction During Competition

Not only was the incident shown on the Olympics' global broadcast but also on replays in Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung, South Korea.

Papadakis said she took steps to make sure there would be no repeat of Monday's incident, which she described as her "worst nightmare". "I am still proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this".

French ice skaters Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis made the most of an embarrassing situation.

Cizeron, 23, said it was frustrating to lose a few points over something out of their control.


"I think it's just a precautionary thing because no one wants that to happen".

Unfortunately, part of the figure skating scoring system is judged on costume and the aesthetics of the performance, meaning that the French pair were penalised for the wardrobe malfunction.

And another added: "French ice dancer skates through costume malfunction with nip out for half of the routine". South Korea's Yura Min also suffered a dress failure on during her routine with partner Alexander Gamelin.

She said, "I felt it right away and I prayed". Papadakis had to make the decision between embarrassment on an worldwide stage and trying to win the gold medal she had worked for her entire life. Despite that bad luck and circumstances, she and Cizeron were still able to post a score of 81.93, good enough for second behind Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who set a world record with a score of 83.67.


Papadakis and Cizeron were both really happy with their performance on way to the silver medal.

Despite the gaffe the previous day, the team received an unprecedented total score of 205.28, which included the highest-ever free dance score, according to NBC.

And it didn't seem to affect the duo's score much, as they are sitting in second place behind Canada's Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir. "We will be removing these moments from our re-broadcasts". Papadakis later said she knew immediately that the wardrobe malfunction had occurred, but did not interrupt her routine to correct it.


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