Figure skater heroically carries on after nightmare wardrobe malfunction derails her routine

Figure skater heroically carries on after nightmare wardrobe malfunction derails her routine

There's a lot of pressure on athletes attending the Winter Olympics this year. The event, which is taking place in Pyeongchang at the moment, offers the chance for glory after years of training - but not everyone will win. Failing to get the gold medal may not be the only thing that the competitors are worrying about, but they at least want to do their best.

However, sometimes life throughs you a curve ball.

As if it wasn't enough having years of hard work judged on your merits within such a short window, some face unforeseen circumstances. French ice skater Gabriella Papadakis, for example, had an awkward wardrobe malfunction midway through her routine.

The routine with dance partner Guillaume Cizeron didn't exactly go to plan, as her dress started to come down halfway through the performance. For a brief moment, even part of her breast was exposed, which must have been distracting for the 22-year-old. However, she somehow managed to carry on, yanking the strap back up and continuing with the performance as if nothing had happened.

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Papadakis said she "felt it right away and prayed":

"It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics. 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."

Despite the fact she carried on with the routine, Papadakis does believe that it affected their score in the end. "It's just frustrating to miss a few points just because of a costume issue," she lamented. "It's not what we get ready for when we train."

Strangely enough, she isn't even the first person this has happened to at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Earlier this month South Korea's Yura Min went through a similar experience during her routine with partner Alexander Gamelin.

It was the first appearance for both of them at the games and neither of them expected to win a medal, but they weren't expecting to have to deal with an awkward moment like this either. In the middle of their performance, the hook holding the back of her dress together came undone, which threatened to lead to far more being exposed than she would like.

However, like Papadakis, she continued on with the routine regardless. You can see the routine in the video below, with some excitable commentary from Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones:

Min had a good sense of humour about the whole thing in the end and remained positive despite what happened. “I promise to sew myself in for the individual event,” Min said on Twitter on Sunday. “I would like to thank the audience for keeping us going until the end. Couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

There are plenty of awkward things we can do in public every day, but just remember: it's never going to be quite as bad as a wardrobe malfunction in front of a huge crowd of people.