Winter Olympics 2018: Papadakis second despite 'nightmare' wardrobe malfunction

Ice dancing medals awarded in PyeongChang

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned.

"It was pretty distracting", Papadakis said. But rather than allow the accident to shatter her Olympic dreams, the athlete powered through her short program, and the duo came in second place with 81.93 points. "I am still proud that we managed to pull out a program like that even with a difficulty like this".

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

"It's a little bit frustrating to know that it's not because of something that we did", Cizeron said.

With tears streaming down her face, a clearly embarrassed Papadakis summoned up the courage to speak to reporters after leaving the ice.

Papadakis and Cizeron were both really happy with their performance on way to the silver medal. As reported by News18, Papadakis said that she had suffered her "worst nightmare" after Cizeron inadvertently unclipped the back of her green costume during their short dance routine. Some were shocked by the wardrobe malfunction, while others were eager to praise the skater for keeping her composure.

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Wardrobe malfunctions are embarrassing and daunting, especially when you are performing at a mega platform like Olympics where all the eyes of thousands of spectators are on you.

CBC was immediately replying to all those who tweeted at them, explaining that it was a live broadcast and that any future showing of it would remove "these moments". The French skater, however, kept a fearless face on and finished her routine, using one hand to avoid her dress from slipping down again.

Despite their show-stopping samba-rhumba-cha performance, a second ice dance title is by no means in the bag for Scott and Moir as Papadakis and Cizeron could well overtake them if they produce their best free dance.

"I told myself, "I don't have a choice".

Had they stopped skating to facilitate a costume fix, they would have faced a five-point deduction.

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