Wardrobe malfunction nearly ruins this figure skater's routine but she handles it amazingly
We all know what it's like to dread the day of an exam, with all the pressure of months of studying focused on one short period of time. But at least when we are judged for our skills in subjects like this, we're not doing it on the world stage in front of millions of people. It's a sensation that the greatest athletes across the world know and many were experiencing at the 2018 Winter Olympics this week.
For South Korea's Yura Min, she had more to worry about than just whether she could get her routine right. In a stroke of terrible luck, the figure skater had a wardrobe malfunction only a few seconds into her routine with partner Alexander Gamelin.
It was the first appearance at the Olympics for Gamelin, a 24-year-old from Long Island, and Min, a 22-year-old from California. Gamelin studied Korean and sang the South Korean national anthem as part of an exam for dual citizenship, which she already had, and they both ended up representing the country this year.
“We’re not going for a medal or anything, so there’s not that much pressure on us,” she told The Boston Globe last week. “We just want to have fun.”
During the routine, the hook that was holding her red dress together at the back came undone, threatening to expose more than she'd like to the Pyeongchang crowd. Rather than back down and stop the routine, however, she kept on going. You can see the routine in the below video, with excited commentary from SNL's Leslie Jones:
Professional Figure Skating Instructor Barbara DeLaney-Smith told The New York Times:
“You would never wear a costume in an event like that that you hadn’t previously skated in. But, as we all know, stuff happens.
“Skaters are trained to finish their program pretty much no matter what. There’s no stopping.”
Min eventually spoke about the experience afterwards, and what was going through her mind at the time of the malfunction. Speaking to Detroit Free Press she said:
"Five seconds into the routine, my hook came undone. I was like, ‘Oh no!’ If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program
"I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t stop because you get a deduction if you stop in the middle of a program. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Is it better to stop and fix it and get the deduction or keep going?’"
“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.”
Min and Gamelin came ninth out of 10 teams and will go on to compete at the individual pairs competition later this month. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning world champions, came in first with 80.51 points.