Monday 24 September 2018

Figure skater Gabriella Papadakis suffers ‘worst nightmare’ after Winter Olympics wardrobe malfunction

Gabriella Papadakis bravely completed her routine with Guillaume Cizeron after suffering a wardrobe malfunction
Gabriella Papadakis bravely completed her routine with Guillaume Cizeron after suffering a wardrobe malfunction

Jack de Menezes

French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis has spoken about her “worst nightmare” coming true during the 2018 Winter Olympics after suffering a wardrobe malfunction during her performance with partner Guillaume Cizeron.

The 22-year-old had just started her routine with Cizeron when a lift by the Frenchman resulted in Papadakis’ dress becoming undone and exposing her breast, something that she admitted after that she “felt right away and prayed” hadn’t happened.

But rather than allow the malfunction to wreck their Olympic dreams, Papadakis valiantly continued the performance – and was rewarded for her bravery with second place heading into Tuesday’s free dance.

Once the pair had finished the routine and Papadakis had covered herself back up, she waved to both the crowd and judges before leaving the ice with an exasperated look on her face, and she said afterwards that it was one of the worst outcomes possible while competing at the Winter Olympics.

“It was pretty distracting,” Papadakis said. “My worst nightmare at the Olympics. I told myself ‘you have to keep going’.

“That’s what we did, and we have to be proud of ourselves, delivering a great performance with that happening.”

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. But taking that into account, their score of 81.93 points could easily have surpassed the leaders’ total of 83.67, which was posted by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

“It’s just frustrating to miss a few points because of a costume issue. It is not what we get ready for when we train,” Cizeron added.

The incident is the second to happen at the Pyeongchang Games, with South Korea’s Yura Min suffering a similar dress failure just seconds into her routine with Alexander Gamelin that resulted in her readjusting her outfit several times while completing her routine.

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