This time around it was all about the skating for French ice dancers Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis.
After making headlines worldwide for a wardrobe malfunction during the short dance Monday afternoon, which aired Sunday night stateside, the duo competed the following day without a similar distraction, earning silver in a skate declared one for the history books.
Papadakis burst into tears at the end of the skate as she hugged her longtime skating partner. The duo earned an unprecedented score of 205.28 — the highest ever free dance score, per NBC. (The record was short-lived, however, as it was quickly topped by Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who went on to win gold.)
“They just redefined sublime,” said one NBC commentator. “I have never seen a team like that on the ice, ever.”
The highest ever free dance score!
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In a scenario Papadakis admitted was her worst nightmare on Monday, the skater’s top appeared to come unclasped from around her neck, resulting in part of her left breast being briefly exposed on the ice.
Despite the drama, the pair still landed in second place heading into the second and final day of competition.
It remains unclear what caused the problem, which occurred relatively early in their short dance.
“My costume opened up,” Papadakis, 22, tearfully explained later to the press.
“It was difficult. It’s the first time that something like that happened,” she said. “I tried to stay focused and finish without anything .”
Asked how she was feeling after the short dance, Papadakis said “not great” and then laughed.
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