The Inside Edge with Sarah and Drew - Sept. 21

Ladwig's new edition; Bradley now an ordained minister

Ryan Bradley officiating at Alli Speroff and Danny Wiley's wedding.
Ryan Bradley officiating at Alli Speroff and Danny Wiley's wedding. (courtesy of Ryan Bradley)


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By Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins, special to
(09/21/2009) - Sarah S. Brannen and Drew Meekins cover all the bases in the latest version of The Inside Edge, from Ryan Bradley becoming an ordained minister to Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir's roles in The Cutting Edge sequel.

"Reverend" Ryan, Easy Rider
Ryan Bradley took on a new role recently, that of the officiating minister at friends Alli Speroff and Danny Wiley's wedding. Ryan's best friend was the "man of honor" in the wedding, and Ryan teased them that he didn't have a part to play.

"A few days later Alli called and said 'We think it would be really funny if you would be the reverend,'" Ryan told us. "I thought about it and thought, 'I don't like speaking in public, no way I'm going to do this!' But then I thought about it later and looked it up on the internet, and found it was all paperwork, just filling out some forms on the Internet. It was really a huge honor to be asked, and it was so easy, I was like, 'I don't have a good excuse not to do this.'"

So, Ryan went ahead and filled out the forms, and he says he is now ordained for life in the state of Colorado. When the big day arrived, though, he was very nervous.

"I was petrified," he said. "This was such a special day for them and if I had ruined someone's wedding it would have been horrifying. It was a funny scene. I was sitting with Alli before the wedding -- she looked beautiful -- and she was rubbing my back trying to calm ME down."

We heard from friends at the wedding that Ryan did really well. By the way, he wore dark gray slacks and a black shirt, so as not to upstage the happy couple. He actually says he might like to officiate again, at other weddings!

We moved onto skating, and asked Ryan how training was going.

"Skating is going really well," he said. "I had a rough summer. I've been working really hard, maybe too hard. Things have really been coming together in the last month."

Ryan is very excited to compete at the Nebelhorn Trophy next week. He leaves for Germany on Monday.

"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I was really excited to be asked. I know they usually give it to younger skaters but I really wanted to go and start my season off there. I want people to take me seriously -- it's a big year! For September, I feel really good."

Ryan just moved into the Olympic Training Center, where he plans to live for the remainder of the season. At the moment, he's the only figure skater there.

"It's like a special training scenario. I live in a house with two guys and I love my roommates, but I wanted to be in a situation where I could get away from the distractions of day-to-day life. I feel already that it's been helping in my training.

"It's great hanging out with athletes from other sports. They're going through the same things I'm going through and it's such a great feeling. Sometimes you have doubts about your path, but to know that other people are going through the same trials, having the same problems, puts things into perspective for me. It's very calming."

If you're in Colorado Springs, keep your eyes open for Ryan riding around on a newly-purchased bright-red Moped that he bought over the internet last Wednesday.

"It gets a hundred miles to the gallon," he said. "I like the idea of it and I think it's kind of funny. It only goes about 35 miles per hour at the very most!"

The Cutting Edge, take 4
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir have roles of their own in the new Cutting Edge sequel, which they told us is called The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice, directed by Stephen Herek and starring Francia Raisa and Brendan Fehr as a speed skater turned Raisa's figure skating partner. Marissa said she thinks the movie will come out next February. A quick search of various entertainment sites online turned up a Hollywood Reporter story, which says the movie is an ABC Family production scheduled for a spring release.

Marissa and Simon have speaking roles, playing the rival team to the stars of the movie. We wondered if they were playing Russians, since Simon is a fluent Russian speaker, but they told us they play Americans. They also mentioned that Ian Martinez was one of the extras in the movie, presumably on-ice.

"I had never acted before so it was a little bit scary. I was very nervous to act," said Marissa. "It was amazing how many times we had to take for a scene. We had to take it from every angle."

Simon said, "This was my first acting role, although I did play Bert in Mary Poppins in the third grade, but that probably doesn't count. I had a great time. I've always wanted to chance to perform in front of a camera."

"It was a fun experience, and unexpected," added Marissa. "They called us on Monday and we flew in [to Montreal] on Friday. So, we really didn't get any time to prepare or learn how to act."

Marissa and Simon do a fair bit of skating in the movie, including the beginning of their "Survivor" short program and some parts of their new long program. "They put us in these bright shiny old-style costumes," said Marissa. "We had a few laughs with Simon's costumes!"

Simon studied film in college, so he was particularly excited to be in a movie himself.

"I had a great time especially, because after every take I wanted to perform and express more or read the lines a little differently. The nice thing with acting is that you have many takes to play around with the scene so if you mess up you get another chance. If I could do it again I definitely would!"

Baby Ladwig
Pair skater Mark Ladwig is a proud new dad. Mark's wife Janet gave birth to the couple's first child, Holden Everett, on Sunday, Sept. 13. Holden weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Both mom and baby are healthy and doing well, according to Mark.

"He has my hair part, a cowlick in back, and my widow's peak in front," Mark told us. "He looks just like me, except he has Janet's button nose and her beautiful lips."

"It was perfect timing," said Mark's on-ice partner Amanda Evora. "It rained all day on Saturday and then Sunday was beautiful. I'm totally happy for both of them!"

Amanda and Mark are excited about being assigned to Skate America, although Holden will be staying home with his mom for the competition. Look for him in the stands at Harvard's Evening With Champions next April, though!

And we'll see you in a couple of weeks.

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