Are you aware that Ryan Bradley won the U.S. Championships?
Who? You are thinking. Is Ryan Bradley?
And that the Shibutanis scored 4s on their elements?
What the heck is a Shibutani? You are also thinking. (If this is the case, BTW, you are really missing something and should look up Maia and Alex Shibutani on YouTube).
And that Sarah Meyer just defeated Kiira Corpi and Carolina Kostner at Europeans?
No, of course, you aren’t. Because this is an author blog. And none of these people have anything to do with books.
But honestly, I’m quite sick of talking books today, so we’re going to have to talk about figure skating. I LOVE figure skating. Watching it that is. From home. On TV. Or IceNetwork. Or, when I’m very, very lucky, in an actual arena.
No, I don’t skate.
But I love the stories.
You don’t have to read books to find stories. Stories are in movies, plays, songs, television, dance, life . . .
And figure skating.
Ryan Bradley won the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships last weekend. It was a mess. He botched two jumps (basically fell, though not technically), the most important jumps in his program. This was not a stellar performance by any stretch of the imagination.
But it was a story.
Because Ryan has been skating FOREVER.
Since he was junior champion way back in . . . it was more than 11 years ago.
And he ALWAYS falls down in every competition.
And he’s tried retiring twice, but he just can’t stand it.
And he has lousy speed and lousy spins and lousy technique on his triple axle.
But he’s HILARIOUS. He’s an amazing performer. He’s about the best modern skater on the planet at connecting with his audience, and totally deserves to be opening Stars on Ice (which would benefit from more performers and fewer medal winning Americans who don’t connect).
So it’s PHENOMENAL that Ryan Bradley won the U.S. Championships.
It’s just the best story! And apparently I needed to blog about it.