Five favorite things with Ryan Bradley

Bradley flips for Harry Potter, Modern Family

Fun-loving Ryan Bradley is an avid reader who is forced to avoid his beloved pasta.
Fun-loving Ryan Bradley is an avid reader who is forced to avoid his beloved pasta. (Paul Harvath)


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By Lynn Rutherford, special to
(04/26/2011) - On the ice, Ryan Bradley is extroverted and action-packed all the way, the consummate performer and occasional jokester. Off-ice, he devours books -- almost always fiction -- on his Kindle.

The U.S. champion leads the charge in Moscow this week, with plans for a quad toe combination in his short program and two quad toes in his free skate. "I'm definitely capable of putting up some big numbers, if I hit my programs," Bradley said.

What's on you iPod play list?

I actually listen to Harry Potter books on my iPod. I rarely listen to music. I think I've listened to all of the Harry Potter books seven times, over and over. Music, I'm kind of whatever, very open minded.

Any favorite foods?

Sushi -- luckily, there are types of sushi I can eat and still keep to my diet. There is a lot of good stuff I can't eat. I love pasta, but I can't add any more carbs to my diet. My mom is Sicilian, so growing up, I ate so much pasta it was ridiculous. I miss it.

How about a favorite movie?

I have a whole bunch -- Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and I just watched Ghostbusters for about the three-hundredth time. I'm really into classic comedies from the 80s and 90s. John Coughlin came over the other night and we watched some.

Any TV shows you really like?

Right now I'm into Modern Family; I used to be into Lost and Dexter. I like The Office, South Park and Two and a Half Men. I'm kind of all over the place.

When do you do to kick back and relax?

I just like to sit back and crack open a book. It's a great way to get my mind off of skating.

Actually, I'm on my fifth Kindle at this point. They're a little fragile.