Wardrobe malfunctions are no joke, folks! Not only are they mentally distracting for the performer in question, but apparently one little slip of the nip can send your career careening out of control. Just ask Janet Jackson about her infamous 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake. Those who lived through that fateful day can hardly forget it now. Was it all part of the show? Was it planned? If so, were both performers in on it? Or—as it was maintained at the time, was it truly an accidental peep show?
Fans must have had some questions when France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron suffered a wardrobe failure just moments into their short ice dance routine.
French ice dancers Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis held things together through a wardrobe malfunction and finished second in the short program at #PyecongChang2018. Papadakis' costume came unhooked at the neck seconds into the music. (Xinhua photo/Wang Haofei) pic.twitter.com/Ls9463SMlF— Xinhua Sports (@XHSports) February 19, 2018
The duo continued skating, doing their best to hold the small halter in place as they completed their routine. They landed in second place with a chance for the gold still within reach.
According to Reuters, Papadakis knew right away that her costume had malfunctioned:
My worst nightmare happened at the Olympics, I felt it right away and I prayed, it was all I could do.
The Olympic crowd watched and cheered as Papadakis struggled to keep her dress up. Her partner, Cizeron, was also working hard to ensure that it slipped no farther.
Afterward, a tweet from ISU quoted Cizeron:
Who wouldn't be impressed by Papadakis' fortitude and the pair's commitment to completing their routine to their best of their abilities while juggling the mishap?
Twitter users were dazzled:
She's a rock star! To keep going like that! ALL the respect.— Gina Dalfonzo (@ginadalfonzo) February 19, 2018
They truly are the best in the world, without the mishap it would surely have been another record breaking score. Wish them all their special magic for tonight xxxxxx— Sue Bell (@SueGreenMeadow) February 19, 2018
Malfunction or not, the ice dancers went on to finish their program less than two points behind front runners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.
Papadakis said later that it was her worst nightmare.
Surprisingly, this is not the first malfunction of this kind at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. A hook on South Korean figure skater Yura Min's dress came undone last week when she was just seconds into her routine.