Olympics figure skater Yura Min overcomes wardrobe malfunction with calm and class

South Korean skater Yura Min’s Olympic debut on Sunday was marred by a performer’s nightmare: A wardrobe malfunction that occurred seconds into her short dance routine that threatened to reveal just a little too much to the watching world.

But instead of stopping the show in a panic, Min gamely continued her performance with partner Alexander Gamelin, improvising as she went so as to prevent her top from slipping off her shoulders.

Min, who was competing in the figure skating team event, was lauded by viewers for performing — and recovering from the wardrobe near-disaster— “with class.”

 

Min, a dual citizen of South Korea and the United States, told the Detroit Free Press that the hook of her top “came undone” seconds into her and Gamelin’s routine on Sunday.

“I was like, ‘Oh no!’” she told the paper. “If that comes undone, the whole [outfit] could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.”

Min was determined not to stop in the midst of the performance, however, and instead changed her movements so her arms would be kept back, preventing her costume from falling off.

She only paused once, during the twizzles (synchronized side-by-side spins), when her top began slipping off her shoulder. “It started to come down so I had to stop my twizzle and pull it back up,” she told the AP.

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Alexander Gamelin of Korea holds the broken dress of Yura Min as they compete in the Figure Skating Team Event - Ice Dance - Short Dance on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Ice Dance short dance ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin of South Korea compete. REUTERS/John Sibley
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin of Korea compete in the Figure Skating Team Event - Ice Dance - Short Dance on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)
South Korea's Yura Min and South Korea's Alexander Gamelin compete in the figure skating team event ice dance short dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure Skating ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Team Event Ice Dance short dance ? Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin of South Korea compete. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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Min managed to finish the routine with her outfit still in place. She and Gamelin, who will compete together again at the individual pairs competition later this month, received 51.97 points for their performance and finished ninth out of 10 teams.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the reigning world champions, came in first with 80.51 points.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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