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.