Ryan at International Counter March 2007

I was so surprised to find this--I didn't even know Ryan was participating in this! It was a team competition between the US and Japan, I believe, and Ryan actually helped the US win--which was a surprise, everyone assumed Japan would win.

Anyway... here's Ryan's SP. It's a very different style from what we're used to from him--I look forward to hearing folks' impressions!
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article on senior mens final

Lysacek Electrifies Spokane Arena to Win Gold
by Michelle Wojdyla

(1/27/07) - Johnny Weir probably said it best.
“Well, he beat me by 30 points. He didn’t just beat me, he kicked my [butt].”

“He” would be Evan Lysacek, and Weir was showing respect for the guy who skated lights out.

Lysacek didn’t just win the men’s title. He trounced the competition with his “Carmen” program. Actually, he didn’t just trounce the competition. He rocked the near-sellout crowd at the Spokane Arena with probably the most electrifying free skate at the U.S. Championships since Rudy Galindo’s upset win in San Jose 11 years ago.
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article on ryan

Bradley breaks through for second place

Dave Trimmer
Staff writer
January 28, 2007

The duel was over, the king was dethroned, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships were over.

Someone forgot to tell Ryan Bradley – and Saturday night's Spokane Arena crowd of 9,170, for that matter.

Bradley turned in the performance of a lifetime, jumping past three-time defending champion Johnny Weir to finish second to the brilliant Evan Lysacek
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ryan won the silver medal tonight at the us figure skating nationals in spokane!!! after coming in 3rd in the short with a score of 73.58, he surprised many by beating 3 time national champ johnny weir for 2nd with an overall score of 219.21! ryan received a standing ovation for his performance and celebrated by taking a victory lap, topped off with an enthusiastic back flip on the ice. this was ryans 10th trip to nationals, 7th as a senior, i believe. his best finish prior was 6th in 2004. he came in 8th last year. CONGRATULATIONS RYAN!!! looking forward to worlds!

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ryan won!!!

congratulations ryan!!! ryan won his second consecutive title today in anaheim!!!

Senior Men
There was a shake-up in the senior men's competition, but Ryan Bradley's lead after the short program held up to allow the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs student to win his second U.S. Collegiate title.

Bradley felt the effects of wearing old skates in the final portion of the competition, as his jumps in the free skate weren't helped by the lack of support in his boots. Bradley completed two triples – a Salchow and a flip but had three falls (triple loop, flip and toe).

"Unfortunately, that was probably one of my worst programs," said Bradley, who had his mother ship him an old pair of skates when the airlines lost his luggage. "When I used to wear these skates, I taped them to improve the strength, and after yesterday, I didn't think I needed to do that. But, they didn't feel right today. The jumps went up, but when I landed, it just felt like there was no support."

Despite challenges with his jumps, Bradley did well in the program components, easily earning the highest point total among the men. With a total score of 161.25, his lead in the short program shored up an overall victory.

full article on competition results here.
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ryan in 1st place after sp!!!

from us figureskating:

Senior Men's Short Program
Ryan Bradley (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) put out an excellent performance in the senior men's short program Thursday evening, despite a very unexpected challenge. On the way to Anaheim, the airline lost his skate bag...and was never able to find it. In order to compete, Bradley had his mother overnight him an old pair of skates.

“I hadn't worn that pair since U.S. Championships, and I didn't know what condition they'd be in,” Bradley said. “On the first session this morning, they didn't feel good, so I found a rink to practice on, and they felt a little better. By warm-up, they were feeling okay.”

Watching Bradley compete, you could hardly tell that there was a problem. Bradley hit a solid triple flip-triple toe combination and a triple Lutz. His spins and step sequences were also well rewarded, and his only mistake was doubling an intended triple Axel.

“It wasn't bad,” said Bradley. “I've had a rough time in the program before, and I had a good skate. I couldn't have asked for more under the circumstances.”

Bradley holds the lead with 65.65 points.

full article and results here.

all that and he still skated excellently!!! as of now the mens free skate is over and done with. will probably have to wait until tomorrow for the final results. fingers still crossed for ryan!
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collegiates update!

there was a small article about the kick off of the collegiate championships. there was a small picture of ryan:
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ryan is skating his sp tomorrow. here is the schedule.

will update again tomorrow! keep your fingers crossed for ryan! we'll know by friday if he will recapture his title! :D
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well after two or three emails with no answer, i emailed the director of online services for i heard back from her the next day. heres what she had to say:

Ryan did not make the U.S. Figure Skating national team based on his 2005-06 season (only “national team” members are on the site). His assignment to Skate America last week, however, moved him on to the national team. He will be added in due time.

so i emailed her back asking her why ryan was put on the team for skate america in the first place. not that im complaining, im just curious. so when and if i hear back about that i will post! will also be keeping an eye out for ryans bio to appear on again.
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