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Gabriella Papadakis’s father predicts quick comeback after wardrobe malfunction

Gabriella Papadakis

The father of French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis expects her to bounce back quickly after her wardrobe malfunction.

Emmanuel Papadakis, who runs a food truck business in Texas, said that as embarrassing as his daughter’s wardrobe malfunction was, he expected a big performance on Tuesday in response.

“But it won’t knock her down,” Papadakis told Martin Rogers of USA Today Sports. “She is so tough and she has put in so much work. You wait and see what she goes out and does (on Tuesday). I am so proud of her, especially today.

“People see one thing. Yes, something happened. But I hope people can understand enough to think about what really matters. They don’t see that it took years of effort to get here and to try to be as good as you can be.”

Gabriella Papadakis struggled to keep her top up after an early wardrobe malfunction, which was understandably embarrassing for her. She and her partner Guillaume Cizeron still came in second after the short program, though, and have every chance to win a medal despite their troubles.

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