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French ice dancers remain clothed, win silver, but wonder what if?
Posted on: February 20th 2018
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — For the second time in two days, Gabriella Papadakis concluded her Olympic ice dance performance in tears.

On Monday, it was out of embarrassment after the clasp behind her neck on the halter-top portion of her costume came undone and she had to skate without coming fully disrobed. She was only partially successful as she was exposed live on international television while performing elaborate spins, lifts and twizzles.

“My worst nightmare,” Papadakis said.

This time, the tears were of joy. Or perseverance. Or relief. Or accomplishment. Or triumph. Or all of the above.

Finishing a near-perfect long dance program that would result in a record-high score, she pressed her forehead against partner Guillaume Cizeron and wept. The team was given a 123.35 for the segment, the highest in Olympic history.

The French wound up winning silver, but only because gold medal winners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir delivered their own excellent performance and held them off, 206.07-205.28. The American sister-brother team of Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze.

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