Daniel O'Shea (figure skater)
Daniel "Danny" O'Shea (born February 13, 1991) is an American pair skater. With his skating partner, Tarah Kayne, he is the 2018 Four Continents champion, 2014 Four Continents silver medalist, and 2016 U.S. national champion.
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||February 13, 1991|
|Home town||Gurnee, Illinois|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Former partner||Christine Mozer, Caroline Knoop, Jessica Calalang|
|Coach||Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora|
|Skating club||Skokie Valley SC Willmette|
|Training locations||Ellenton, Florida|
|ISU personal best scores|
2018 Four Continents
2018 Four Continents
2018 Four Continents
O'Shea began learning to skate in 1995. He competed with Christine Mozer in the 2011–2012 season, Caroline Knoop in 2010–2011, and Jessica Calalang in 2009–2010. He also competed in singles until 2011.
Kayne/O'Shea won bronze medals at the U.S. Classic and Ice Challenge. After placing sixth at the 2014 U.S. Championships, they were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents, where they won the silver medal.
On July 28, 2014, Kayne underwent surgery due to a labral tear in her right hip. As a result, the pair withdrew from their 2014–15 Grand Prix assignments, the 2014 Cup of China and 2014 Rostelecom Cup. Kayne/O'Shea returned to competition at the 2014 Golden Spin of Zagreb, taking bronze at the ISU Challenger Series (CS) event. The pair stepped onto their first national podium at the 2015 U.S. Championships, where they were awarded the bronze medal.
Making their Grand Prix debut, the pair placed sixth at the 2015 Skate America and fourth at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. Another Challenger medal followed, bronze at the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb in December. In January, Kayne/O'Shea placed first in both segments at the 2016 U.S. Championships and won the gold medal by a margin of 14.85 points over defending champions Alexa Scimeca / Chris Knierim.
After placing fifth at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy, Kayne/O'Shea competed at two Grand Prix events, finishing sixth at the 2016 Skate America and fourth at the 2016 NHK Trophy. The pair withdrew from the 2017 U.S. Championships due to a concussion, Kayne having hit her head while attempting a throw triple flip during the short program on January 19.
During the season, Kayne experienced increasing pain due to right knee tendinitis, the result of her 2015 injury. She received a new cadaver tendon in an operation at the Vail Valley Medical Center on February 14, 2017 and then refrained from walking for seven weeks. She resumed training by July 2017.
Kayne/O'Shea did not compete in the early part of the season, including the Grand Prix, instead beginning the season at the 2017 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb, where they won the bronze medal. They took silver at the 2018 U.S. Championships, and were named first alternates for the 2018 Winter Olympics, where the United States had only one pairs spot, as well as part of America's teams for the Four Continents and World Championships.
At the 2018 Four Continents Championships, they were third after the short program and then had a personal best score in the free skate to win the gold medal, the first American team to do so in over a decade. Kayne said she felt "really great about our performance," They anticipated competing at the World Championships. However, following the event, Kayne was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right knee. As a result, they withdrew from the World Championships, and were replaced by bronze medalists Deanna Stellato / Nathan Bartholomay.
On September 7, 2018, Kayne/O'Shea announced a coaching change, deciding to join Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They began the season with the seventh-place finish at the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy. Assigned to two Grand Prix events, they first competed at the 2018 NHK Trophy, finishing fifth. At the 2018 Internationaux de France, Kayne/O'Shea were fourth after the short program, but placed second in the free skate, finishing less than two points ahead of bronze medalists Aleksandra Boikova / Dmitrii Kozlovskii. This was their first Grand Prix medal. Kayne remarked that after a "less than desirable" performance in Japan, "to have come to France and make this much improvement in just two short weeks made us both very happy."
At the 2019 U.S. Championships, Kayne/O'Shea placed first in the short program, just ahead of Ashley Cain / Timothy LeDuc. In the free skate, they made some small opening mistakes on their twist and side-by-side jumps, but then had a major error when they failed to execute their final lift, which caused them to drop to fourth place. O'Shea commented afterward "I didn’t do what I was supposed to do." They were nevertheless named to the American team for the Four Continents Championships over bronze medalists Stellato-Dudek/Bartholomay. They finished in sixth place there, with Kayne saying their performance was a personal disappointment.
Kayne/O'Shea began with a fourth-place finish at the 2019 CS U.S. Classic. On the Grand Prix, they were sixth to begin at the 2019 Cup of China. Kayne/O'Shea were sixth as well at the 2019 NHK Trophy.
Competing at the 2020 U.S. Championships, Kayne/O'Shea placed second in the short program, seven points behind the leaders, Knierim/Knierim. Third in the free skate, they won the bronze medal behind the Knierims and Calalang/Johnson. O'Shea called it "an improvement as the program has progressed over the first part of the season. We are taking steps in the right direction." They finished the season with a fifth-place finish at the 2020 Four Continents Championships.
|Season||Short program||Free skating||Exhibition|
|GP Cup of China||WD||6th|
|GP NHK Trophy||4th||5th||6th|
|GP Rostelecom Cup||WD||4th|
|GP Skate America||6th||6th|
|CS Golden Spin||3rd||3rd||3rd||2nd|
|CS Tallinn Trophy||2nd|
|CS U.S. Classic||1st||4th|
|TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew|
|U.S. Championships||5th N||WD|
|Eastern Sectionals||5th J||1st J|
|Midwestern Sectionals||4th N|
|Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior|
|International Challenge Cup||2nd J|
|U.S. Championships||8th N||1st N||10th J|
|Eastern Sectionals||6th J|
|Midwestern Sectionals||1st N||1st N||4th J||6th J|
|South Atlantic Regionals||5th J|
|Upper Great Lakes Regionals||1st N||2nd N||2nd J||4th J|
|Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior|
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- Thayer, Jacquelyn (July 7, 2016). "Connection Key to Creation for Kayne and O'Shea". twofortheice.com.
- "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
- "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
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