French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis experienced a wardrobe malfunction Monday during Olympics competition, as the world’s eyes were fixated on Pyeongchang.
The clasp at the back of Papadakis’ halter top snapped, exposing her left breast on live television.
“Our coverage of ice dancing was live tonight. Once a competitor’s brief wardrobe issue became evident, we purposely used wider camera shots and carefully selected replays to keep the issue obscured,” an NBC Sports spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement. “We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays.”
“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said, per the New York Post. “That’s about what I could do.”
“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” she added. “I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.”
She and swinging short program partner Guillaume Cizeron scored 81.93 points, placing them in second. It’s unclear if the judges docked them for the costume issue, but Cizeron seemed to think so in post-skate remarks.
“It’s a little bit frustrating to know that it’s not because of something that we did,” he said. “It’s just a costume issue, something as stupid as that, so it’s a little bit disappointing.”
Watch the moment Papadakis’ clasp broke here:
Gabriella Papadakis experiences a costume malfunction with her dress for the second time this week, according to @KurtBrowning
The clasp at the back of her halter snapped.
Bad luck and a distraction for the experienced French pair. pic.twitter.com/F6quTbadWu
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 19, 2018
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