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South Korean ice dancer, Yura Min, almost had a terrible wardrobe malfunction during her performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Sunday with her partner Alexander Gamelin.
The incident happened during South Korea’s figure skating routine. Min, an American citizen skating for South Korea, described the unforgettable experience to Detroit Free Press during her interview.
“Five seconds into the routine, my hook came undone,” the 22-year-old figure skater said. “I was like, ‘Oh no!’ If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.”
The hook that Min mentioned was the only hook keeping her costume, a vibrant red half top, from falling off. Instead of stopping to adjust her costume, Min bravely continued with the routine.
“I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t stop because you get a deduction if you stop in the middle of a program. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Is it better to stop and fix it and get the deduction or keep going?’” she told the publication.
“This is my first Olympics, our first program and if my top were to come down, that would have been a disaster. I was very nervous that the entire thing was going to come off,” Min said.
At one point of their routine, her costume fell so dangerously low that she had to do something or else all of her effort would go to waste. Luckily, her 24-year-old partner got her back — literally — when they had a moment to secure her costume.
“Anytime she brought her shoulders in, it came down,” Gamelin, said. “I only noticed it halfway through. During our twizzle, it came off her shoulder, all of the way. She had to stop and pull it back up and that cost us a bunch of points. It wasn’t because we were skating poorly.”
In the end, the duo placed ninth out of the 10 teams that competed. They received 51.97 points, while the first place pair, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, got the highest score of 80.51 points, followed by 75.46 points for Team USA’s brother-sister team, Maia and Alex Shibutani.
After the dance, Min thanked all the fans who cheered and supported their performance despite the wardrobe malfunction on her Twitter post.
Despite the wardrobe malfunction, I had an amazing time competing in my home country! I promise to sew myself in for the individual event. 😂 I would like to thank the audience for keeping us going until the end. Couldn’t have done it without you guys ❤ #grateful pic.twitter.com/B8UuRNgRMu
— Yura Min (민유라) (@Yuraxmin) February 11, 2018