Despite the setback, the pair pulled off a record-breaking performance the following day during the long program, earning a score of 123.35 for the segment -- the highest in Olympics history. That was enough for them to make it to on the podium to nab a silver medal (Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold), but Cizeron couldn't help but feel as though the costume snafu prevented them from winning top honors.
"If we had more points yesterday, we would probably be in first place,” he said, per Yahoo! Sports. “But that’s sports."
The wardrobe issue, the second high profile one of this year's Winter Games after South Korean skater Yura Min's dress came undone last week, sparked conversation among figure skating outfit designers about the importance of ensuring every outfit element will will hold through the entire performance ahead of time.
"Sometimes the costumes just get pulled so hard that you have to really take care of the materials that you’re using and how it’s put together,’’ Lisa McKinnon, a costume designer who's provided outfits for US skaters told USA Today Sports. "One hook is not going to do it.’’