Russian Exposure: Speed Skater Unzips Suit, Forgets She Isn’t Wearing Anything Underneath

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Feb. 9 2014 2:39 PM

Russian Exposure: Speed Skater Unzips Suit, Forgets She Isn’t Wearing Anything Underneath

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Russia's Olga Graf forgot she wasn't wearing a shirt underneath her skin-tight suit

Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

Olga Graf won Russia’s first medal at the Sochi Games Sunday but the speed skater will likely be remembered more for a wardrobe malfunction than her sporting prowess. After winning a surprising bronze medal in the women’s 3,000 meters, the 30-year-old pumped her arms in the air as the crowd roared. She then proceeded to unzip her skin-tight suit down to her belly button before she realized she wasn’t wearing anything underneath. Her eyes widened with embarrassment and Graf quickly zipped back up.

The Associated Press with Graf’s reaction:

"I totally forgot," Graf said sheepishly through a translator. "We have very good suits and they are very tight. ... You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit."
"Only afterward," she said, "did I realize that maybe this video will appear on YouTube. But I don't think it will be so bad."
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The moment Olga Graf begins unzipping her suit

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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