It’s challenging to be an Olympic athlete. You work for years to get to the games and have to perform at top caliber to try to win a medal for perhaps the few minutes that you have to perform your event. And you have to deal with the money and the effort to get there as well as any potential politics that may surround the game.
Those are some of the anticipated challenges.
But then there are the unanticipated challenges, like what South Korean ice dancing skater Yura Min faced at the very beginning of her performance on Sunday.
As Min began to skate with her partner Alex Gamelin, in the first five seconds, she faced a potentially disastrous ‘wardrobe malfunction.’
From Biz Pac Review:
Min recalled the difficulty in finishing her pairs performance after the hook holding her dress together came undone during a routine at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, reported the Detroit Free Press. Min ended up ad-libbing the routine, forcing herself to keep her arms back during her entire routine to prevent an embarrassing situation during her televised debut.
“I was like, ‘Oh no!’” said Min, adding, “If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.” Min noted that if she stopped to fix the dress during her performance she would get a point deduction.
Her partner realized what was going on part of the way through the program, but there was nothing he could do.
From Huffington Post:
Min was determined not to stop in the midst of the performance, however, and instead changed her movements so her arms would be kept back, preventing her costume from falling off.
She only paused once, during the twizzles (synchronized side-by-side spins), when her top began slipping off her shoulder. “It started to come down so I had to stop my twizzle and pull it back up,” she told the AP.
Gamelin said that caused them a bunch of points.
They ended up receiving 51.97 points and placed 9th out of the 10 teams competing.
But people lauded Min for her calm and class, as well as soldiering on through the difficulty.
Certainly, a moment she is likely to never forget.
Kudos to her for making it through!
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama}