#MOTIVATED
Ryan Bradley

February 6, 2018

By Christel Gollnick with Megan Wyeth

CHARACTER TRAIT: Motivated

DEFINITION: Prompted to act towards a goal.

Ryan Bradley is an American figure skater that is known for his humor, love of learning, and ability to fly – over the ice. He is one of only a few U.S. men to land two quadruple jumps in a free skate competition and recently led his team, Bradley’s Brawlers, with a lot of jovial fun and smiles to a win at the 2017 Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.

Bradley was born November 17,1983, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Hanging out at ice rinks since birth with his figure skating sister and parents, he began ice skating at the very young age of 2 in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. He retired from competitive skating in 2011, but not before becoming the U.S. National Champion that year. He is also the 2008 Skate Canada International silver medalist, the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, and a three-time U.S. Collegiate champion. Over his competitive career, he collected more than 70 medals in regional, national and world stage events.

Today he shares his love of the sport by coaching at the Broadmoor Skating Club and Colorado Springs World Arena. An avid reader and lover of learning, he also studies business at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and aspires to earn a graduate degree at the University of Kansas.

Photo Credits: Megan Wyeth for Pronto Cafe and http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/ryan_bradley

#POWERFUL

More than a decade of service later, the program continues to grow. Most of the kids who live in this St. Joseph neighborhood receive free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch during the school year, but have limited food resources in the summer. 

#CONNECTED

From the wrought iron balcony of the 1859 Isaac Miller House, hundreds of stories have unfolded – and they continue to emerge, highlighting unique Southern family legacy and innovative founders’ history.

#HISTORIC

A visit to the St. Joseph museums is … Quirky. Surprising. Curious. Impressive. Enlightening. And totally worth a day, or an afternoon, or a full weekend with the family.

#CURIOUS

Mount Mora Cemetery, home to 14,000 to 18,000 deceased individuals, is curiously and remarkably alive.

#GROUNDBREAKING

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, this architectural feat, designed by esteemed local architects Eckel and Mann, is getting a second life thanks to a $20 million shot in the arm from Mosaic Life Care.