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American Ice Dancers Suffer Costume Glitch In Olympic Free Dance

By Rida Ahmed | Feb 17, 2014 05:04 PM EST

Maia and Alex Shibutani
Maia and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. perform during the ice dance free dance competition at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow April 30, 2011. (Photo : REUTERS)

At the Winter Olympics on Monday night, an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction disrupted American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani's long program, Yahoo Sports reported.

It was explained later that Maia's tights snagged and ripped apart when her dress somehow got attached to her brother's costume during a lift midway through their free dance.

In the interview zone afterward, she showed reporters the extent of the damage - the tights were torn virtually the entire way around her right leg, according to Yahoo Sports.

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In order for her to come free without needing to be set down on the ice, which would have incurred another deduction, the Shibutanis had to improvise.

"When I tried to come down again, it got stuck," Maia said. "We had two options: put the lift down and wait four seconds or do what we did and get through it."

Without interfering with the performance, Alex had to quickly come up with a way to get his sister loose. He managed to do so to earn them a score of 90.70 for a total of 155.17, good for ninth place, Yahoo Sports reported.

Fellow Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won gold, with Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claiming silver and Russia's Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov capturing bronze.

The siblings, who live and train in Ann Arbor, Mich., were devastated with the unexpected mishap since a lot of training and preparation goes into making it to the Games.

"Up until that point everything was good," Alex said. "We just had to get through it rather than just stopping and putting our hands up and starting over, which wasn't an option. We wish we could have performed better, but nothing about this performance changes our impression of ourselves."

He continued, "That's life and that's sport. That's what makes us sports fans. You have to go out there and compete and perform. We are fierce in that regard. Today, unfortunately, things didn't shuffle up the way we wanted to."


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