Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by SwingDancer, May 10, 2011.
BREAKING NEWS FROM TWITTER:
Ryan has officially retired from competitive skating.
Press release is out: http://usfsa.org/Story.asp?id=46136&type=media
2011 U.S. Champion Ryan Bradley Announces Retirement from Competitive Figure Skating
He says he's now content with his career, wants to teach and skate in shows, and will keep his eligibility.
I really enjoyed watching Ryan compete, and I wish him the best in the future, especially with what I'm sure will be great show skating.
I hope he gets many, many show skating opportunities!
I appreciate his comments.
I wish him the best and also hope many offers come his way.
There is no better entertainer in skating right now.
Note to SOI: Grab this guy.
Thanks for all the awesome skatings, Ryan!
Bittersweet Would be cool if he can keep up his skills and do a quad on his birthday every year like Joe Sabovcik.
Good luck to him, and I hope to see him in many shows!! Since he's already been on a couple Disson tv shows, I expect to see him in those again
He's already booked for two skating club shows:
(I think they're both for charity; not the same as SOI, I know.)
I miss you Ryan... Thank to him for all the great memories and I hope to see him on many shows
Ryan is a fun, quirky entertainer. I hope SOI signs him as soon as possible.
Agree, he'd be a great addition to SOI. I heard the announcement on CBS radio--in between Sharks and baseball news. Figure skating news in mainstream sports!!!
I think we'll see him in the new ISU-ICE pro-am competitions next season.
(At least, I hope so.)
He's a classy guy. I really appreciate his commitment and his realistic attitude.
I hope SOI Canada might sign him up too.
I'm not surprised, but still bummed. I'm gonna miss him.
I'm glad Ryan came back this year and got a National title. Great ending to his competitive career. I've always enjoyed his attitude and sense of fun, and wish him all the best as he starts the next stage of his career.
Wishing Ryan all good things ahead!
I will miss him but was kind of expecting this announcement. He accomplished his goal of winning nationals and can forevermore be announced as US Champion. It would be hard to top the magic of this past year.
I wish him the best of luck and really hope that SOI snaps him up and brings their show back to Missouri (they dropped both KC and St Louis this year) so his homestate fans can enjoy his smile and his back flip.
He will be a fantastic show skater. He has it all- jumps, charisma, joy of skating. I hope SOI will sign him.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for him.
Ryan, thanks for all the great skates! You will be missed at Nationals next year!!
I'll believe it next season at US Nats
Excellent decision! I wish him good luck in his future career.
Good luck and God bless, Ryan. Hope to see you at SOI!
Don't those skaters have to have a world or olympic medal though? (And in the past 10 years?)
I thought it was really limiting...
Hopefully he'll get some Disson shows (because I can only watch skating on TV, even though I hate those shows). Or SOI will pick him up and come to a town near me (haha)
This is an amazing coup for the show circuit-he's got such charisma, he'll be amazing!
There are going to be new ISU pro-ams?! That made my day!!
I will miss his programs. He's always been someone I looked forward to seeing at nationals every year. Always came up with something unique and fun.
I think SOI would be crazy not to add him. He's perfect for them.
Yes I really hope he becomes a mainstay on the SOI cast too!
This! Ryan has been one of my favorite skaters since 2000. Always entertaining and I will miss his big smiles at US Nationals.
I wish Ryan all the best. I hope he does well.
Good for Ryan! I was so happy for him about Nationals this year and look forward to his show skating career. Now he will really be able to go all out and entertain.
I'll miss his competitive programs because that's when I got to see him most frequently! But everyone is right. He would be the quintessential show skater. I'd rather watch his infectious smile and the sheer joy he shows when skating than any high tech program by someone with no visible personality. We'll miss you Ryan but never stop skating!!
Universal Sports' interview with Ryan: http://www.universalsports.com/news...lks retirement future u s mens figure skating
UnivSpts: So you're retired ...
Ryan B: I'm moving into a senior citizens' community real soon
Love Ryan's responses! He has a great perspective. I love how he came back from the quad mishaps in his lp at Nats. I've always loved watching him skate ... that's why it was hard seeing him not bring his usual charisma to his programs at Worlds. Maybe he put too much pressure on himself to skate cleanly (which he accomplished, but without much spark), and the venue did not work the best for his programs [not enough excitement and energy from the audience about his programs, which he feeds off].
In any case, I was thrilled for Ryan when he won Nationals. I remember when I first saw him at 2000 Nationals, with his long legs, ear-to-ear smile, and infectious enthusiasm. I kinda missed him when he wasn't as prominent at Nats as the years progressed. I never forgot him, and I was so happy when he had his collegiate wins and then stuck with it to eventually win silver at Nats and go to Worlds twice -- and now for a third time as U.S. National champion. He will always have the National championship medal and memories to savor and be proud of. He should hold his head high and have no regrets!!!
I say this and still wish Ryan had focused more on ballet training at some point [males and ballet = beauty, grace, power] -- he might have developed more stretch and flexibility, and IMO could have further improved his spins, positions, and the overall artistic side of his skating -- he certainly has already got the long legs, the charisma, feel for the music, and ability to project to the audience.
Kudos to Ryan and to his many fans who encouraged him to come back for an exhilarating Nationals experience and the opportunity to compete once again on the world stage.
Love that Ryan thinks Abbott will 'kill it' next season. Ryan is a showman, a sportsman, and a gentleman with a heart of gold. I love his positive, upbeat attitude. He could star in a sitcom entitled, Everybody Loves Ryan! He'd also be a great pick for Dancing with the Stars.
OMG He'd be so great at DWTS. I never thought of that but he'd kill!
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