As the program ended Papadakis looked visibly shaken as she pulled up one side of her dress over her exposed breast. Partner Cizeron assisted in re-clasping, and the crowd cheered while they completed their bow.
"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 we did."
The #FreeTheNipple moment was unfortunately shown on live television, but the Canadian broadcaster had no control over what was shown and confirmed the moment will not be available online in replay.
CBC tweeted: "We aired this event live with no tape delay and the replay packages are provided to us by the host broadcaster. We will be removing these moments from our re-broadcasts."
Of course, there was much online reaction to the mishap, but most were mortified on Papadakis' behalf and were supportive of the French duo skating through the malfunction like pros.
There was a lamentable wardrobe malfunction w a halter dress a moment ago in ice dance, & the Olympic press corps is a-twitter. I feel for the French skater. whose eyes welled w tears afterward. It's a universal nightmare, isn't it, to be exposed in public? Wishing her the best