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.
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.
French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis had a major wardrobe malfunction during her short dance program at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday.
Papadakis was wearing a halter top of sorts, and her partner, Guillaume Cizeron, seemed to unhook the top of the dress towards the beginning of the program. Unfortunately, Papadakis ended up worrying about her top coming off and exposing her left breast throughout the rest of her dance program.
On a handful of occasions, Papadakis’ breast was actually exposed.
Papadakis and Cizeron were still able to complete their program and finished with a score of 81.93, which placed them second in the standings. Papadakis was remarkably composed afterwards despite the embarrassing distraction with which she had just dealt.
Sadly, Papadakis has plenty of company in the wardrobe malfunction department. Ending up with a medal despite this will be a nice way to get over the whole ordeal.