It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Summer or the Winter Olympic Games, without fail every time they roll around the question Australians always ask is “who’s going to do a Bradbury this year?”
Steven Bradbury is an Australian speed skater and four-time Olympian. He famously won the 1,000-metre event at the 2002 Winter Olympics after the rest of the skaters were involved in a pile-up just before the finish line, proving that even if you’re bringing up the rear, you can still come first.
With the postponed 2020 Olympic Games broadcasting around the world, DNA pondered what has happened to the frosted-blonde tipped speed skater since his action packed gold medal race that thrust him into the spotlight and cemented his name into the Australian vernacular forever.
First you need to know that there is more to Steven Bradbury than that one event. After watching a World Championship race in Amsterdam at the age of 15 the fire was lit in young Steven. “One day I’m going to do that,” he thought to himself. From that moment Bradbury says he knew he’d make the Olympics; it was just about where he would finish.
After three Olympic campaigns Steven still thought that he wasn’t skating to the best of his ability when it really counted. He set his sights on getting to a fourth Olympics, to give anything less was no longer an option and would have mentally tortured him for the rest of his life.
Steven’s 2002 win has always prompted intense debate. Did the competitors ahead of him lose the race or was he a deserved winner? You only have to go through his career history to find the answer to that. To start with, in 1992 he was a member of the 5,000m world champion team. He was a team Bronze Medallist at the 1994 Winter Olympics. He has always been regarded as a medal contender throughout competition but has been dogged by race falls, illegal race interference and accidents during his career.
In 2000 he broke his neck in a training accident and was told he would never take to the ice again. This was unacceptable to Steven and so began his recovery to Olympic selection. Falls are a part of speed racing and while Steven has always been competitive it was a race tactic in 2002 to hang back and wait to come through after a possible fall during this highly contested race, which is exactly what happened.
After 2002 Steven became known not only for his Olympic Gold Medal but also for the frosted-blonde tips he sported at the time. It wasn’t so much a signature hair style but rather the last in a long list of what Steven himself refers to as “ridiculous hairstyles” he sported since his teenage years. Steven said that “for some years following it felt like I was expected to show up for everything with the blond-frosted tips, to the point where landing a lucrative television commercial deal hinged on the frosted tips”. This gave him an inkling as to how important his appearance and specifically his hair was.
Over the years Steven has noticed his hairline receding and a “few more hairs heading for the drain while showering.” Steven says “my forehead is naturally bigger than most people’s, couple this with a receding hairline and it gets emphasized even more. For another part of the male anatomy its usually considered a good thing to make it look bigger, unfortunately for a man’s “big head” this doesn’t apply. Nowadays, working as a motivational comedian – who ain’t getting any younger – at conferences and events it’s in my best interest to show up looking as youthful as possible. An Olympic champion who is balding and overweight can’t motivate an audience as well as a fit youthful looking one. Hair loss has the potential to effect my performance on stage, my confidence and my pay cheque. And mentally looking a little younger can’t be a bad thing!”
About two years ago Steven decided it was time to do something about his hair issue. “I had a consultation with a hair loss company and they seemed to over complicate everything,” he said. “It felt like I was being prepped for a surgery. It involved regular appointments, time-consuming shampoo routines and was very expensive.” It wasn’t for him.
More recently Steven has found Mosh, an online men’s health platform that offers treatment for not only hair loss, but also mental health, skin care and sexual health.
Mosh works with leading medical experts in men’s health and Australian doctors with specialised interest in men’s health who will take a medical history before preparing a specialised treatment plan, all in the privacy of your own home.
Steven said he decided to sign on with Mosh to treat his hair loss because “the before and after photos I saw showed great results and an at-home treatment meant minimal time commitment.”
And how is it going so far? According to Steven “Right now I’m on the second month of the treatment and it takes not even one minute a day, super easy to make part of your morning ritual.”
The sign on process is just as simple, explains Steven “a 10-minute online form followed by a scheduled 10-minute Zoom call with a doctor. That was it. Three days later the product was delivered to my door.”
Steven says he’s looking forward to “not having to spend time pushing my hair forward to try to hide the bald spots. Having a thicker head of hair again will help me start every day with a little more confidence and hopefully a smaller forehead!” He continues “one minute a day for the treatment is nothing. If regrowing your own hair and a little confidence boost in exchange for $70 a month (for 6 to 12-months) seems like good value then do it. You’ve got nothing to lose… except more hair.”
Just like his Olympic race, Steven is waiting for the golden results of his Mosh hair loss program.