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​Winter Olympics Figure Skater Manages To Keep Her Cool Even After Nightmare Wardrobe Malfunction

Jess Hardiman

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​Winter Olympics Figure Skater Manages To Keep Her Cool Even After Nightmare Wardrobe Malfunction

You'd imagine competing in the Winter Olympics would be a pretty stressful experience, thanks to years and years of intensive training and the small matter of your entire nation relying on you to deliver the goods.

But what if, on top of all that, your outfit decides to break - creating a revealing wardrobe malfunction that gets broadcast to the entire world?

That's what happened to one French ice skater, Gabriella Papadakis, whose dress came down mid-way through her Latin-inspired performance with dance partner Guillaume Cizeron - at one point even exposing part of her breast.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Amazingly, the 22-year-old gallantly continued without even flinching, merely yanking the dress strapback up before continuing with the routine.

Papadakis said that she 'felt it right away and prayed' before carrying on with the dance.

"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."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But Cizeron believed that the mishap affected their score, adding: "It's just frustrating to miss a few points just because of a costume issue ... It's not what we get ready for when we train."

But whatever the score, you can't help but feel impressed by Papadakis for keeping her cool when such an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction took place as she spun around the ice.

Plus the French skaters haven't been the only ones to suffer a costume issue at the worst possible time.

South Korean ice dancers Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin faced the same problem just days beforehand, when the top of Min's costume came undone.


"In the first 20-30 seconds, this hook came undone," Min said.

"It was falling off. The only thing that was holding it up was keeping my arms above here," she added, pointing to her shoulders.

"Alex was trying to hold it up as much as he could while we were doing our transitions and everything, but the crowd knew what was happening and they kept screaming and supporting us.

"I was thinking of stopping the programme but the crowd was so amazing I just kept going."

And, of course, they've got nothing on Russian skater Ekaterina Rubleva, whose pink dress famously fell down to her stomach during her performance in the 2009 European Championships - leaving a fair bit of flesh out on show.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: SPORT, Winter Olympics

Jess Hardiman
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