Ryan Bradley

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Ryan Scott Bradley
Ryan Bradley - 2006 Skate America 2.jpg
Bradley at the 2006 Skate America
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 38)
Saint Joseph, Missouri
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Former partnerTiffany Vise
CoachTom Zakrajsek
Becky Calvin
ChoreographerRenee Roca
Catarina Lindgren
Former choreographerNikolai Morozov
Braden Overett
Skating clubBroadmoor SC
RetiredMay 10, 2011
ISU personal best scores
Combined total212.75
2008 Skate Canada
Short program72.50
2008 Skate Canada
Free skate140.25
2008 Skate Canada

Ryan Scott Bradley (born November 17, 1983) is an American former competitive figure skater. He is the 2008 Skate Canada International silver medalist, the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, the 2011 U.S. national champion, and a three-time U.S. Collegiate champion.

Personal life[edit]

Bradley was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and comes from a family of skaters.[1] His sister, Becky, is a skating coach and former competitive skater, and his mother is a USFSA judge.[2]

Bradley studied business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is a volunteer at the Broadmoor Skating Club and a coach at the Colorado Springs World Arena.


Ryan Bradley began skating at the age of two and participated in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program from 1986-1988.[2][3]

From 1996-1998, Bradley competed in pair skating with Tiffany Vise.[4] They competed twice at the U.S. Championships. In 2001, he reached Sectionals with Melissa Gallegos.[1] Bradley decided not to continue with pairs, preferring to focus on his singles career and not having enough time to train in both.[1]

As a single skater, he won the silver medal on the Intermediate level at the Junior Olympics (later renamed Junior Nationals) in the 1994-1995 season. The 1995-1996 season was Bradley's first on the Novice level, and he did not make it out of Sectionals. In the 1996-1997 season, he placed 7th at the novice level at Nationals. In the 1997-1998 season, Bradley won the silver medal on the novice level at Nationals. This win earned him a trip to the Triglav Trophy, which he won.

The following season, 1998–1999, Bradley debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. He won medals at both his events. At that time, the World Junior Championships were held before the U.S. Championships. At the Junior Worlds selection competition, Bradley placed second and was placed on the team for the 1999 Junior Worlds, where he placed 10th. At the 1999 U.S. Championships, he won the Junior title. He competed at the Gardena Spring Trophy following Nationals and won the competition.

In the 1999-2000 season, Bradley remained on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. He won two more medals and qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where he finished 8th. He went on to place 7th in his senior debut at the 2000 U.S. Championships. He went on to place 5th at the 2000 Junior Worlds.

In the 2000-2001 season, Bradley won both of his Junior Grand Prix events and made his senior international debut at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, which he won. He placed 5th at the Junior Grand Prix Final. He placed 9th at the 2001 U.S. Championships. He was originally placed on the team for the 2001 Junior Worlds. However, he was forced to withdraw prior to the event with injury. He had surgery to repair damage to his landing knee.[5] His vacated spot was given to Evan Lysacek.

In the 2001-2002 season, U.S. Figure Skating did not allow American skaters to compete on the Junior Grand Prix because of security concerns following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Bradley placed 7th at the 2002 U.S. Championships. He went on to the 2002 Junior Worlds and placed 15th.

In the 2002-2003 season, Bradley competed at the Karl Schafer Memorial, placing 4th. He made his Grand Prix debut at the 2003 Skate Canada International, where he placed 6th. He was 9th at the 2003 U.S. Championships.

In the 2003-2004 season, he placed 6th at the 2004 U.S. Championships. He made his senior ISU Championship debut at the 2004 Four Continents, where he placed 11th.

Bradley missed most of the 2004-2005 season after breaking his arm while playing dodge ball; he had a spiral fracture in the humerus of his right arm and was off the ice for six months.[5]

He competed in the 2005-2006 season, hoping to contend for a spot to the 2006 Winter Olympics. He placed 8th at the 2006 U.S. Championships.

Bradley performing a backflip in exhibition at the 2006 Skate America

In the 2006-2007 season, Bradley was given a host invitation to the 2006 Skate America due to the retirement of skaters who had placed ahead of him at the 2006 Nationals. Bradley placed 8th.

Bradley accidentally cut his shin with his blade three weeks before the 2007 U.S. Championships.[5] At the event, he held 3rd place after the short program. He skated last in the free skate, and won the silver medal, ahead of defending champion Johnny Weir. Upon learning that he had won the silver, Bradley skated back onto the ice and performed a backflip for the crowd. Bradley went on to the 2007 Four Continents, held at his home rink, the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he placed fourth behind training-mate Jeremy Abbott. During the off-season, he dealt with a torn meniscus in his right knee.[5]

In the 2007-2008 season, Bradley competed on the Grand Prix circuit with a 6th place finish at Skate America and a 5th at Trophee Eric Bompard. He finished 5th at the 2008 U.S. Championships.

Bradley began the 2008-2009 season at the 2008 Skate Canada International, where he won the silver medal. He then placed 7th at 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard. At the 2009 U.S. Championships Bradley finished 4th. He was added to the U.S. team to the 2010 World Championships after Evan Lysacek withdrew.[6] Before the event, Bradley broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot but was cleared to compete.[6] He finished 18th.

Bradley was initially planning to retire from competitive skating but decided to resume training in mid-October.[7] He missed the Grand Prix season but competed at the 2011 U.S. Championships. Bradley won the short program and placed fourth in the free skate to win the overall competition and become the US National Champion for the first time in his career. He was selected to compete at the 2011 World Championships.[8][9]

On May 10, 2011, Bradley announced his retirement from competitive skating.[10] He was coached by Tom Zakrajsek for 22 years.[11]

Commercials and endorsements[edit]

Bradley appeared in a commercial for Fuji Xerox with Stéphane Lambiel, wearing heavy makeup to appear as an old man. He performed a backflip in this commercial. Due to its popularity, Fuji released a second one explaining how it was done.


Bradley performs during the short program at the 2011 World Championships
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Dark Eyes
    performed by Nika Leoni, Sergei Trofanov

Competitive highlights[edit]

Bradley at the 2008 Skate Canada

Senior results as a singles skater[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Worlds 15th 18th 13th
Four Continents 11th 4th 5th
GP Bompard 5th 7th 9th
GP Skate America 8th 6th 3rd
GP Skate Canada 6th 2nd
Nebelhorn 4th
Karl Schäfer 4th
National or regional
U.S. Champ. 9th 6th 8th 2nd 5th 4th 4th 1st
U.S. Collegiate 1st 1st 1st
Midwestern Sect. 2nd 1st 4th 2nd
Southwest. Reg. 1st 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix
Bradley did not compete in the 2004–2005 season.

Pre-2002 results as a singles skater[edit]

Event 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
Junior Worlds 10th J. 5th J. 15th J.
JGP Final 8th 5th J.
JGP Canada 2nd J.
JGP France 2nd J.
JGP Hungary 3rd J.
JGP Mexico 1st J.
JGP Poland 1st J.
JGP Sweden 3rd J.
Golden Spin 1st
Gardena 1st J.
Triglav 1st J.
National or regional
U.S. Champ. 7th N. 2nd N. 1st J. 7th 9th 7th
U.S. Jr. Champ. 10th Ju. 2nd I.
Midwestern Sect. 3rd I. 7th N. 4th N. 1st N. WD
Southwest. Reg. 1st PJ. 2nd Ju. 1st I. 3rd N. 3rd N. 1st N. 1st 2nd
NACS, Ottawa 1st N.
World Junior TS 2nd J.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix; WD = Withdrew
Levels: PJ. = Pre-Juvenile; Ju. = Juvenile; I. = Intermediate; N. = Novice; J. = Junior
TS = Team selection

Pairs career[edit]

(with Tiffany Vise)

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999
U.S. Championships 6th N. 7th N.
N. = Novice level


  1. ^ a b c Mittan, Barry (February 25, 2003). "Bradley Continues Family Tradition". GoldenSkate. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Ryan Bradley: Online Interview". GoldenSkate. July 11, 2002. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  3. ^ Vernon, Nadin (2009). "Ryan Bradley: "I get so much energy from the audience, from looking into their eyes and watching their emotions."". Absolute Skating. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Crystal Report Viewer". ISU.org. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  5. ^ a b c d Mittan, Barry (March 26, 2007). "From Bad Breaks to a Breakout for Bradley". SkateToday.
  6. ^ a b Rosewater, Amy (March 18, 2010). "Broken foot and all, Bradley determined to compete". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Hersh, Philip (April 20, 2011). "Under horrible circumstances, Bradley gains needed time before figure skating worlds". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Ainsworth, Alexa (April 6, 2011). "Happiness equals success for Bradley". UniversalSports.com. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  9. ^ Golinsky, Reut (April 21, 2011). "Ryan Bradley: "I have found inner peace with my skating"". Absolute Skating. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "2011 U.S. Champion Ryan Bradley Announces Retirement from Competitive Figure Skating". U.S. Figure Skating. May 10, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (June 30, 2011). "The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew - June 30". IceNetwork. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  12. ^ Ryan Bradley's short program at the 2004 U.S. Nationals: Video on YouTube
  13. ^ a b "Competition Results: Ryan BRADLEY". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012.

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