Ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis suffered a wardrobe malfunction nightmare at the Winter Olympics. The French figure skater and dance partner Guillaume Cizeron broke their own world record with a brilliant final performance at the Gangneung Ice Arena.
The pair’s lyrical free dance won them a record total of 205.28, beating their previous record of 203.16, set in January.
Papadakis, 22, recovered after suffering an embarrassing nip slip when her costume broke, exposing her breast during an ice dancing routine on Monday.
She described it as her “worst nightmare”. “My costume opened up,” she said afterwards. “It was difficult. It’s the first time that something like that happened. I tried to stay focused and finish without anything else happening.”
The duo, favourites to win a medal, were left in second place, at the halfway point in the competition after receiving an incredible 81.93 from judges – despite the issue.
However, the nip slip did cost Papadakis and Cizeron points, according to the latter.
“It’s just frustrating to miss a few points just because of a costume issue,” Cizeron explained.
“It’s not what we get ready for when we train. But you know, I’m so proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this,” he said.
“And we just look forward to a new day tomorrow and we have our chances to win and we’ll just do our best.