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Major Olympic wardrobe malfunction strikes during ice dancers’ short program

Julie Jacobson | AP
Julie Jacobson | AP
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
By Des Bieler and Liz Clarke, The Washington Post
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During the first week of the Olympics, a South Korean ice dancer had to struggle to keep her top from falling down when a clasp in the back gave way just after she and her partner started their routine during the team competition. On Monday, a French ice dancer could not avoid that embarrassing fate when her left breast was exposed while she competed in the short program.

Gabriella Papadakis, along with her partner, Guillaume Cizeron, still managed to notch a good score despite the wardrobe malfunction and the adjustments it caused in her movements. She was just seconds into their program when her costume pulled apart in the back by her neck, and she was visibly upset about the incident afterward.

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“It was kind of … in our thoughts all along the program a little bit,” said Cizeron, who handled most of the questions in a post-event media session. “When you rotate, it’s kind of hard to keep your dress on when it’s open.”

The French team wound up with a score of 81.93, putting them in second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (83.67), with Tuesday’s free dance still to come. Team USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were third at 77.75, with Americans also in fourth (Maia and Alex Shibutani, 77.73) and seventh (Madison Chock and Evan Bates, 75.45).

“It’s just frustrating to miss a few points because of a costume issue,” Cizeron, 23, said. “That’s not what we get ready for when we train. I’m still proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this.

“We look forward to a new day tomorrow and we have all our chances to win. We’ll just do our best.”

When asked if she was okay, the 22-year-old Papadakis offered a rueful chuckle while replying, “Not great” (via USA Today). After a question about how their style of dance has transformed the sport, she said, “Thank you for not talking about the dress anymore.”

In addition to being televised live to audiences worldwide, the revealing incident was reportedly replayed in slow motion in South Korea’s Gangneung Ice Arena, where the event was held.

“I was like, ‘Oh no!’” South Korea’s Yura Min, who finished 16th Monday with partner Alexander Gamelin, said last week of her mishap. “If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.”

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