Olympic Ice Dancer Gabriella Papadakis Calls Wardrobe Malfunction a 'Nightmare'


While Ed Sheeran crooned about the shape of some unknown woman, French Olympic ice skater Gabriella Papadakis was struggling to keep her own shape under wraps. While skating with her partner Guillaume Cizeron, the top of Papadakis' costume came undone, briefly exposing her left nipple.

Seconds into the routine, Papadakis said she felt the emerald collar of her costume become unhooked behind her neck.

Speaking afterwards, she said: "It was pretty distracting".

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As People reports, on Monday afternoon (or Sunday evening, when it was seen in the US), Gabriella faced her worst fears during the duo's short program when the clasp on her halter top snapped. "But you know, I'm so proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this".

"It's just frustrating to miss a few points because of a costume issue", Cizeron said.

Hopefully they'll avoid having another accident for the free dance on Tuesday and luckily the malfunction didn't set them back too far. Papadakis and Cizeron have also won several gold medals in the Gran Prix series, and are two-time world champions (2015-2016) and four-time European champions (2015-2018). She changed the routine and finished the performance without major incident. And without a wardrobe malfunction slowing them down, Papadakis and Cizeron are capable of achieving an even more impressive score. They have edited out the moment where Papadakis breast is momentarily exposed for future broadcasts and online videos. In spite of having to try to cover up her breast for the remainder of the routine, Papadakis and Cizeron demonstrated incredible composure to finish their routine with the second-best overall score behind Canadian pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Doing so, however, would have led to a five-point deduction, and the French athletes are going for gold. "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]". The couple would have lost five points for stopping the routine, so they made a decision to continue.