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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gabriella Papadakis: Wardrobe malfunction was ‘worst nightmare happening’

Gabriella Papadakis

French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis did an admirable job keeping it together during her program at the Winter Olympics on Monday despite an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

A piece that was keeping Papadakis’ top together came undone at the beginning of her short dance with Guillaume Cizeron. That created a distraction for her while she was trying to skate, and also led to part of her breast being exposed during the performance.

After her performance, Papadakis told reporters that the experience was like a “worst nightmare.”

“It was pretty distracting. It was kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics. It happened in the first few seconds of the program. I told myself I didn’t have a choice, I had to keep going. That’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves too, to be able to deliver a great performance with that happening,” Papadakis said.

“I felt it right away and I prayed. That’s about what I could do.”

Papadakis and Cizeron scored an 81.63 in the short program and are in second behind the Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

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