French ice dancer powers through 'nightmare' wardrobe malfunction

 

The world saw the shape of French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis’ body in a way she never intended.

The 22-year-old athlete, dancing to British singer Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” was on the verge of tears Monday after a wardrobe malfunction exposed her left breast on live television at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

It had been only seconds into the performance when Papadakis knew her green costume had come undone.

Her partner, Guillaume Cizerone, mistakenly unfastened a clasp around her neck during a spin. Instead of cutting the performance short, they powered through the routine and she did her best to hold everything in place.

“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said after the disastrous routine. “That’s about what I could do.”

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Combination picture shows France's Guillaume Cizeron performing with France's Gabriella Papadakis as the back fastening of her costume cames undone duing the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, revealing a little more than just her Olympic gold medal ambitions in the ice dance competition. A heavy title favourite along with partner Guillaume Cizeron, Papadakis's skimpy dress slipped during a raunchy short routine in Pyeongchang to leave little to the imagination of millions of television viewers around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
France's Guillaume Cizeron performs with France's Gabriella Papadakis after the back fastening of her costume came undone duing the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, revealing a little more than just her Olympic gold medal ambitions in the ice dance competition. A heavy title favourite along with partner Guillaume Cizeron, Papadakis's skimpy dress slipped during a raunchy short routine in Pyeongchang to leave little to the imagination of millions of television viewers around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Figure Skating - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Ice Dance short dance competition - Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea - February 19, 2018 - Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis of France perform. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Papadakis Gabriella and Cizeron Guillaume of �France competing in free dance at Gangneung Ice Arena , Gangneung, South Korea on Feburary 19, 2018. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
France's Gabriella Papadakis reacts after competing in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
France's Gabriella Papadakis and France's Guillaume Cizeron compete in the ice dance short dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, revealing a little more than just her Olympic gold medal ambitions in the ice dance competition. A heavy title favourite along with partner Guillaume Cizeron, Papadakis's skimpy dress slipped during a raunchy short routine in Pyeongchang to leave little to the imagination of millions of television viewers around the world. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The two also performed to Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Papadakis was mortified after leaving the rink, knowing her garment woes could have cost them a victory.

“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis told reporters. “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 clothing mishap, the duo came in second with 81.93 points. It’s unclear if the two were docked points for the broken costume.

Their opponents, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, barely snagged first place with 83.67 points.

NBC quickly edited the wardrobe gaffe out of future broadcasts and videos online but that did not stop some viewers at home from documenting the brief exposure with photos.

“Once a competitor’s brief wardrobe issue became evident, we purposely used wider camera shots and carefully selected replays to keep the issue obscured,” the network said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays.”

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