SUN VALLEY• Ryan Bradley takes a spin on the ice rink outside Sun Valley Lodge, his Kansas City Chiefs ball cap pegging him for a tourist.
But Bradley, a 2011 U.S. gold and silver medalist, is a local this summer.
Not only did the St. Joseph, Mo., native headline Sun Valley's July 4 ice show opener, but he will remain with the cast most of the summer.
"This place is so magical,”he said. “It's outdoors, it's surrounded by this beautiful scenery. You can't help but fall in love with it.”
This summer's Sun Valley on Ice will feature core artists, including Darlin Baker, Jumpin' Joe Sabovcik, Natalia Zaitseva, Brent Bommentre, Craig Heath and Joel Dear, said Kim Navarro, who skated with Bommentre at the world championships in 2010 before retiring from competition.
They'll be joined by special guests each week, including 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, back-flipping Surya Bonaly and four-time world champion Kurt Browning.
Bradley will skate two routines, including a spoof on "Harry Potter." Other numbers include hits from such Broadway musicals as "West Side Story" and "Cats."
And one act will have a fire dance featuring Ashley Clark.
Ice-skating fans can come for the show, which begins at dusk every Saturday. Or they can come early for a buffet on the Sun Valley Lodge terrace at 7:30 p.m. Spectators should bring a blanket to sit on and a jacket. Even ski parkas are welcome once the sun dips behind Bald Mountain.
"It can't be beat," said skater Jeremy Barrett, former U.S. national champion. "As skaters, we often skate in ice boxes with no windows. It's so good to come back to skate under the stars in a place that's so beautiful. And it must be amazing for the audience as well."