Jan 28, 2011 11:16 PM by Jordan Mason
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Three months after deciding to put retirement on hold at the request of fans, Ryan Bradley has won the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Bradley's flawless and fabulously entertaining program to "Bugle Boy from Company B" earned him 80.39 points, putting him exactly two points ahead of two-time defending champion Jeremy Abbott. Brandon Mroz is a distant third going into Sunday afternoon's free skate.
Bradley is a longtime audience favorite, and fans flooded his Facebook and Twitter accounts this summer, begging him not to call it quits. The 27-year-old decided in October to oblige. Now he's just 4½ minutes from his first national title.
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