EVENT - LONG TRACK SPEEDSKATING
HEIGHT 6' WEIGHT 180 lbs
- 2010 Olympic Winter Games
-Placed 12th in 10,000m with a time of 13:40.20
- 2008-09 World Cup Team
- 2009 World Single Distance Championships: Bronze Team Pursuit
Birthplace: Yuma, Ariz.
Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
Coach: Kip Carpenter
Ryan Bedford has always enjoyed athletic pursuits and racing, whether in road cycling or track and cross-country. However, he began skating at age 16 simply because he wanted to go faster. He soon learned that on ice, he could go faster than most of his peers. A lifelong passion ensued.
In 2004, Bedford placed 2nd at Junior Short Track Championships. He went on in 2005 to take the first place spot on the podium. He has earned a World Championship bronze medal as well as multiple World Cup bronze medals.
Ryan was invited to join the National Short Track Training Team in 2006, and accepted, moving to Salt Lake City to train. Being an all around athlete, Ryan found a love and talent in long track during the 2007-2008 season. He switched over from short track to training in long track for the 2008-2009 season.
Competing in both disciplines, he laid out his path by making the U.S. World Championship and World Cup Teams in short track and qualifying for distance events for the long track World Cup. Bedford won a gold medal for the men’s 5000m relay at the 2009 World Short Track Championships and the next week he won a bronze medal in the Men’s Team Pursuit at the 2009 World Single Distance Championships. During the 2010-11 season, Bedford won two medals on the ISU Short Track World Cup circuit - a bronze in the 500m, and silver in the men’s relay, both in Changchun, CHN.
When he is not on the ice, Bedford enjoys other outdoor activities such as skiing and fishing. He is currently a student at Ashworth College.
Please visit the following link for Ryan’s competitive history