French ice dancer powers through ‘nightmare’ wardrobe malfunction during Olympics performance
The world saw the shape of French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis’ body in a way she never intended.
The 22-year-old athlete, dancing to British singer Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” was on the verge of tears Monday after a wardrobe malfunction exposed her left breast on live television at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
It had been only seconds into the performance when Papadakis knew her green costume had come undone.
Her partner, Guillaume Cizerone, mistakenly unfastened a clasp around her neck during a spin. Instead of cutting the performance short, they powered through the routine and she did her best to hold everything in place.
“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said after the disastrous routine. “That’s about what I could do.”
The two also performed to Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”
Papadakis was mortified after leaving the rink, knowing her garment woes could have cost them a victory.
“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis told reporters. “I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.”
Despite the clothing mishap, the duo came in second with 81.93 points. It’s unclear if the two were docked points for the broken costume.
Their opponents, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, barely snagged first place with 83.67 points.
NBC quickly edited the wardrobe gaffe out of future broadcasts and videos online but that did not stop some viewers at home from documenting the brief exposure with photos.
“Once a competitor’s brief wardrobe issue became evident, we purposely used wider camera shots and carefully selected replays to keep the issue obscured,” the network said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays.”