He placed 12th at the 1973 World Championships. Bradshaw was married to Maralee Ellis, with whom he had a son, Dennis Bradshaw (Den Bradshaw). Bradshaw died from cancer on March 26, 1996.
Bradshaw decided to become a figure skater at the age of eight.
He was coached by Frank Carroll at Van Nuys Iceland in the San Fernando Valley. He was an alternate on the United States. men"s Olympic figure skating team
Serious tendonitis in both of his knees and a motorcycle accident forced him to turn professional. Bradshaw was the first figure skater to successfully perform a single and double axel jumps initiated and performed with the arms folded in competition.
This variation of the Axel requires significant height to be able to complete the rotations, rather than the more common technique of performing a lower jump with very fast rotation generated by pulling the arms into the body.
After retiring from competition, Bradshaw began teaching at Van Nuys Iceland before being offered a position as head coach at Squaw Valley Olympic Training Center in Tahoe. After moving his family to Truckee and teaching at Squaw for approximately one year, the former site of the 1960 Winter Olympics roof collapsed after the maintenance company in charge of removing the snow from the building"s roof failed to maintain the building. Bradshaw moved to Sacramento, California and became head coach at Birdcage Ice Arena in Citrus Heights.