SOCHI, Russia The wardrobe malfunction occurred on ice to the music of a Michael Jackson Medley. Brother and sister Alex and Maia Shibutani did their best to improvise and make it through their Olympic ice dancing moment Monday night.
During a lift, her black-sequined skirt somehow got caught on his black sequined jacket. Instead of him moving her across his body, the duo from Ann Arbor, Mich., had to struggled to overcome the snag. They were stuck together.
'When you get caught, you can't really do too much about it. We were trying to un-rip it without setting the lift down and keeping the lift up,' said Maia, 19, who said nothing like that had ever occurred to them in competition.
They stuck with the lift. She finally worked free. Afterward, she showed that her left tight around the thigh was ripped during the effort.
'Things like this happen. it was an accident. Thankfully, we were able to salvage it,' said Alex, 22. 'Maia was really quick in her thinking and she was able to probably save a bunch of points. So I'm thankful for that. We both are. At the same time everything prior to that in the program and in the performance was really strong.'
Their score wasn't what they'd worked for. But they said they still enjoyed their first Olympic experience.
'So while there's this slightly sour feeling about what could have been and what could have been better, we're at the Olympic Games,' said Alex.
The snap happened during their attempt at a combination, 12-second lift in the 'Man in the Mirror' segment of their program.
'She moves around my body once,' said Alex.
'And I flip up to his shoulder,' said Maia. 'And I was trying to come down to flip again and I just got stuck. ... We worked through it. We still did a lift.'
Alex said he'd have to watch a replay to see exactly how it happened.
'I think it's a testament to our training figuring out how to work through it,' he said. ' ... It hasn't happened all year, and we're not counting on it happening at world championships.'