French ice dancer who suffered wardrobe malfunction leaves with silver medal

French ice dancer who suffered wardrobe malfunction leaves with silver medal

Javier Howell
February 21, 2018

After the routine was over, Papadakis cried as she went through the media interview zone, leaving Cizeron to field most of the questions for the couple.

When the dress of French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis slipped out of place during her ice-dance short program on Monday, the wardrobe malfunction raised eyebrows at the Olympics - and around the world.

And to add insult to injury, the incident was replayed in slow motion on screens at the arena.

In a press conference after the event, Papadakis admitted that the incident was her "worst nightmare".

"I felt it right away and I prayed", Papadakis said of the unlatched top.

In 2016, they again excelled in free dance competitions and won their second European title, but after beating a previous world record held by Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Gabriella had to withdraw again because she had mononucleosis.

"The French ice dancer's glittering emerald costume at the Olympics had come unhooked at the neckline, and later in the routine, her left breast was exposed live on television", the New York Post reports. "It is not what we get ready for when we train", Cizeron told.

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Her skating parter, Cizeron, reiterated, "I think we should be proud we were able to deliver a strong performance with that happening".

It wasn't the only wardrobe malfunction on Olympic ice so far.

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

"That was our attitude throughout the whole routine, but [the break] really affected us during the "twizzle" [pirouettes] because when you're spinning around, it's hard to keep your dress on when it's no longer holding itself up".

Dubreuil said Papadakis' "unfortunate" wardrobe malfunction occurred because the hooks at the neck of the costume had come undone.

"It's frustrating to lose points just because of a costume problem", she said. Earlier on, South Korean Min Yura also had her dress come unhooked and was forced to carry on nearly the entirety of her routine while constantly readjusting her dress to keep covered.

The two received a score of 81.93 and initially jumped up to second place behind Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.