Excerpt: Hanyu has twice improved the highest score for the Men’s Short Program this year, and skating on his birthday, he was in the excellent position to give himself a memorable present in the SP at the GPF. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The 18-year-old had to fight for the landing of his opening quad toe loop, and later fell on an underrotated triple toe loop at the end of a triple Lutz.

“This was the first time I made a mistake in my short program (in the Grand Prix) because I was a bit nervous,” said the World Junior bronze medalist.

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