Following the Olympics, Bradbury competed in the 1994 World Cup event in Montreal, where he was sliced in the thigh by another skater’s blade following a collision. Going clean through, it cut all four of his quadriceps muscles and needed 111 stitches, requiring 18 months of recovery time.
He returned to the ’98 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The Australian relay team failed to repeat the podium finish of four years earlier, and Bradbury, again a favourite in the 500m and 1000 m, crashed in both events.
In 2000, he would be hit again with more bad luck. He broke his neck during a training accident, fracturing two vertebrae, and spent a month and a half in a halo brace with four pins in his skull and screws and plates bolted into his back and chest. Even though doctors told him that he would never skate again, he was determined to get redemption for his individual failures in ’94 and ’98.