For any sportsperson, the Olympics are the dream. They train so hard all of their lives to make that dream come true. And one day, it does. But now they have to cope with the pressure of doing their very best on the Olympic podium. For Yura Min of South Korea, the pressure was just too much and she had to deal with a wardrobe malfunction at the 2018 Winter Olympics that are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea currently. Watch how se dealt with it in an amazing way.
Yura Min of South Korea made her dream come true when she was on to compete as a figure skater.
The 22-year-old was under immense pressure because her home country is hosting the games. During her performance, something else happened that even intensified the pressure.
Min looked radiant in a bright red dress as she took to the ice in Pyeongchang with her partner, Alexander Gamelin.
The lovely outfit was embellished with crystals, but no one expected that this would happen next.
Mere seconds into Min’s performance, the strap on the rear of her costume became unhooked.
She had no other choice but to readjust it in the middle of her performance. Keeping her shoulders as upright as possible, Min managed to conceal a majority of the strain she was feeling from her faulty costume.
“I was like, ‘Oh no!'” Min told The Detroit Free Press. “If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.” Talking to the Associated Press, she added: “That wouldn’t be the most ideal Olympic experience, obviously.”
Even though the audience didn’t really notice, the judges did.
Sadly, the duo placed second to last.
This wasn’t the first obstacle that Min and Gamelin faced in their Olympic dream.
Boston-born Gamelin had to study Korean and sing the South Korean national anthem as part of an exam for dual citizenship.
In addition, the duo didn’t qualify at the world championship, but instead at the Nebelhorn Trophy Competition.
Despite being born and raised in the U.S, they represented South Korea as it was easier to qualify.
Min’s wardrobe malfunction was actually incredibly rare.
“You would never wear a costume in an event like that that you hadn’t previously skated in,” Barbara DeLaney-Smith, a skating instructor, told the New York Times. “But, as we all know, stuff happens.” “Skaters are trained to finish their program pretty much no matter what,” said DeLaney-Smith. “There’s no stopping.”
Meanwhile, designer Vera Wang, who has crafted many ice skating costumes, explained that the design process for these type of outfits is “not for the faint of heart.”
“If one strap were to break, or if the beading on the sleeve gets caught when they turn, their whole Olympics is over. That is how serious it is. It’s absolutely nightmarish!” she told People.
Luckily, Min was not broken and laughed about the event.
She took to Twitter to express her feelings after the event: “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.” Watch Min and Gamelin’s performance here:
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