French Ice Dancer Suffers 'Nightmare' Of A Wardrobe Malfunction During Competition

Damir Sagolj / Reuters Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform during the 2018 Winter Olympics on February 19, 2018. The two-time world champions managed to finish second at Monday's short dance event despite Papadakis' outfit slip-up, which she later called her "worst nightmare". "It was pretty distracting", Papadakis told media. "I had nightmares about it, and I thought: "'Maybe I should sew it all together again", but then I told myself to not be paranoid, and I didn't want to worry them [Papadakis and Cizeron]". I have to keep going.' And that's what we did. Papadakis left the interview zone in tears after the short dance, leaving her partner to field most questions. "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". 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. The couple would have lost five points for stopping the routine, so they made a decision to continue.

Their free skate score of 123.35 put them in first place, however the Canadians, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, broke their world record with a total score of 206.07 just moments later.

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Not only did television footage in the United States and Canada show Papadakis' breast coming out of her dress, but it was repeated on slow-motion replay pictures sent out by the Olympic Broadcasting Service.

Cizeron, 23, said it was frustrating to lose a few points over something out of their control.

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Practice though the athletes might, when it comes time to perform at the Olympic games, just about ANYTHING can happen - and we do mean anything. Still, there is no way of knowing whether he and Papadakis' routine would have been good enough for first place even without the wardrobe malfunction. "It is not what we get ready for when we train".

"I don't know any other girl who would have finished the performance the way she did, even with the top completely undone", their coach Marie-France Dubreuil said.

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