'It was my worst nightmare'

French skater Gabriella Papadakis has major wardrobe malfunction
French Figure Skater Gabriella Papadakis Doesn't Let Wardrobe Malfunction Halt Her Routine

21 February, 2018

French skater Gabriella Papadakis suffered perhaps the most embarrassing kind of slip when her breast emerged from her costume during a pairs routine in Pyeongchang on Sunday.

Papadakis said she felt the clasp come undone "right away" and "prayed" throughout the routine.

Papadakis and Cizeron bounced back by setting a new world record for both the free skate and the total score.

"It was my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics", Papadakis said.

"I'm all sewed in", she said.

"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". I told myself: 'I don't have a choice. "When the clasp became unhooked, the 22-year-old Papadakis was more anxious about holding up her outfit than making sure her twizzles and rhumba were in sync".

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Arguably worse still was British bobsledder Gillian Cooke's display at the 2010 world championships when her bodysuit split as she bent over to push off at the start, allowing her G-string to steal the spotlight.

British ice dancer Penny Coomes relies on body tape and safety pins to keep her colourful costumes in place. Meryl Davis, fellow ice skater and 2014 gold medalist with partner Charlie White, wrote, "For something like a costume malfunction to hinder this moment for them is utterly devastating". When Papadakis threw herself backward for the final element, her costume rode upwards and appeared to reveal the lower part of her left breast on global television - and in slow motion replays at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

It wasn't the only wardrobe malfunction on Olympic ice so far. "It is not what we get ready for when we train".

Papadakis and Cizeron persevered through the routine and secured a score of 81.93, which put them in second place - behind Canadian competitors Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

"It was a great performance considering the costume issue", he said. "I don't know of any other girl who would have finished the performance the way she did, even with the top completely outdone".

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