By Rory Carroll
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Two Turkish Olympic ice dancers are under no pressure from their government to tone down their costumes as they compete in a sport that often features revealing attire, they said on Tuesday.
Skating a day after French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis suffered a wardrobe malfunction in her short dance program which left her briefly exposed, the Turkish team were impressed by her silver medal performance.
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"We feel so sorry really," Alisa Agafonova, who designs the outfits for her and partner Alper Ucar herself, told Reuters.
Ukrainian-born Agafonova does not feel the need to make their clothing any more conservative because they represent a Muslim nation at the Games.
"We are an open country and there is no problem for me to do. I am wearing what I like," she said.
The Turkish Olympic committee did not give any specific directions about their costumes.
"Turkey is a country where one side is Europe and the other side is the Middle East," Ucar said.
"We are a multicultural country and our traditional designs for our costumes are generally very liked by the crowd. We are a democratic country, so there is no pressure," he added.
"They are always supporting us and that's why we are here."
(Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Ed Osmond)