Last night, French ice dancing pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took to the ice following their Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who put up a record-setting Short Dance score. But when the first notes of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ started playing, Gabriella had no idea just how much of her shape the world was about to see.
Shortly into their routine, a clasp on her dress came undone causing a wardrobe malfunction, the second of these Olympics after a similar situation happened last week to South Korea’s Yura Min.
The French pair battled through it for most of the performance, trying not to let it affect them, however, in the final seconds Gabriella came out of a dip manoeuvre exposed on national television.
“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis said. “I told myself I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going and that’s what I did.”
The nip slip aired on live TV on multiple broadcasts in Canada and the US, who have since apologized for the unexpected incident and edited the footage for reruns. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending what side of the fence you are on), the live feed cut to a close-up of the dramatic #FreeTheNipple moment, and if that wasn’t enough they continued to play replays, even going to slow motion.
Tons of people on Twitter were quick to question the fact that no one at these networks seemed to notice.
In the midst of all of this, the pair still managed to post a score good enough for second place. If you ask us, Gabriella is pretty much a hero for even skating on with the issue for the whole routine, instead of pulling a Tonya Harding skate lace debacle and asking for a restart.
Plus, she’s not too hard on the eyes either! So win-win?
Be sure to catch the second half, the Free Dance, tonight, because who knows what kind of surprises we might be in for.