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Before that, highlights of two pairs teams of the past that also had their own problems.
First, a little bit of a comical incident that happened to American pair Jenni Meno and Todd Sand at the 1994 World Championships. Already having a less-than-spectacular free skate, Meno caught her blade in Sand's costume not once-- but two times within 20 seconds. The "malfunctions" happen around the 2:35 and 2:55 marks. Come on, you know it is a little bit funny.
Let's not forget another classic, from the 2002 World Championships. Eventual Olympic Champions Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin were in the middle of their their long program when his outfit, luckily very stretchable, got caught on her toe pick. While it didn't affect the program, it was a humorous moment in an otherwise very serious and emotionless performance. Fast forward to 6:05 to watch the incident in slow motion and hear Dick Button lose himself in laughter.
Now, Faiella and Scali's problems from Cup of China. The problem in the original dance happens near the 1:55 mark in this video-- right in the middle of one of their required Golden Waltz pattern steps. These steps are the part of the short dance segment that replace the now-dead compulsory dances, so losing eight seconds of timing and content didn't exactly spare them any points.
So we move on to the free dance. This time it was her dress getting stuck in his outfit during a dance lift, causing both skaters to fall over (2:50). While it's hard to tell from the angle on the video, it looks like the same thing happens seconds later as they try to continue the lift (3:05). However, their 'experience' with the situation seems to allow Massimo to quickly unhook the dress and continue without another disaster.
Bad luck? Certainly. And I am sure the Italians didn't want to start their season, as World bronze medalists mind you, with a 20-point loss to the French team of Pechalat and Bourzat. Luckily, the costumes were the problem much more than the skating.