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Surrounded by his teammates, Yuzuru Hanyu, center, grimaces after the men's short program, at Yoyogi National Stadium in Shibuya Ward, on April 20, 2017. (Mainichi)
Yuzuru Hanyu lands on his hands following a jump in the men's short program in the International Team Trophy at Yoyogi Stadium in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on April 20, 2017. (Mainichi)

After failing jumps in the men's short program at the International Skating Union World Team Trophy in Figure Skating competition on April 20, Yuzuru Hanyu looked to the sky and apologized to Prince, the late composer of his short program song.

Hanyu came in seventh place in the men's short program, in an unexpectedly ragged performance. He had chosen "Let's Go Crazy" by the singer-songwriter Prince, and since April 21 marked the anniversary of the death of the popular star, Hanyu had hoped to give a perfect performance.

However, Hanyu's first quadruple loop became a single loop and he did not receive any points. Next, during his quadruple salchow-triple toe loop attempt, he put his right hand on the ice during the salchow and was unable to complete the combination, taking another sharp drop in points. Upon finishing the program, he said sorry to both his teammates and Prince.

"It's like I flung mud on Prince's face. I injected too many extra feelings and thoughts into my performance," Hanyu said, "My bad habits all came out."

Hanyu was able to regain his title of king of the ice when he won the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships for the first time in three years at the beginning of April. He placed fifth in the short program there after mistakes in jumps that he had performed perfectly during practice but was unable to execute during the competition.

Hanyu has not skated a perfect short program this season. However, he was able to make a comeback with a free skate program that broke the world record and brought him victory at the World Championships, so there is still a chance for him to recover.

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