Tarah Kayne

Tarah Kayne (born April 28, 1993) is an American pair skater. With partner Daniel O'Shea, she is the 2018 Four Continents champion, 2014 Four Continents silver medalist, and 2016 U.S. national champion.

Tarah Kayne
Tarah Kayne - Internationaux de France 2018 - pairs short program013 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1993-04-28) April 28, 1993 (age 27)
Fort Myers, Florida
Home townBradenton, Florida
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
PartnerDaniel O'Shea
CoachDalilah Sappenfield
Former coachJim Peterson, Amanda Evora
ChoreographerPasquale Camerlengo, Charlie White
Former choreographerJim Peterson
Skating clubSouthwest Florida FSC
Training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Former training locationsEllenton, Florida
Began skating1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total194.42
2018 Four Continents
Short program65.74
2018 Four Continents
Free skate128.68
2018 Four Continents


Early yearsEdit

Kayne began learning to skate in 1998.[1] She competed in the novice ladies' category in the 2010–2011 season and then on the junior level for one season.[2] She then switched to pairs, teaming up with Daniel O'Shea in April 2012.[3]

2012–2013 seasonEdit

Kayne/O'Shea finished seventh in their first trip to the U.S. Championships, in January 2013. Making their international debut, they won the silver medal at the 2013 International Challenge Cup.[4]

2013–2014 seasonEdit

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.

2014–2015 seasonEdit

On July 28, 2014,[5] Kayne underwent surgery due to a labral tear in her right hip.[6] As a result, the pair withdrew from their 2014–15 Grand Prix assignments, the 2014 Cup of China and 2014 Rostelecom Cup.[7] 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.

2015–2016 seasonEdit

Kayne/O'Shea began their season with gold at a CS event, the 2015 U.S. International Classic. Kayne injured her right knee at the event.[8]

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.[9] In January, Kayne/O'Shea placed first[10] 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.[11]

2016–2017 seasonEdit

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.[12]

During the season, Kayne experienced increasing pain due to right knee tendinitis,[12] the result of her 2015 injury.[8] 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.[8] She resumed training by July 2017.[8]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

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.[13]

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.[14] Kayne said she felt "really great about our performance," They anticipated competing at the World Championships.[13] However, following the event, Kayne was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right knee.[15] As a result, they withdrew from the World Championships, and were replaced by bronze medalists Deanna Stellato / Nathan Bartholomay.[16]

They were coached by Jim Peterson, in Ellenton, Florida, until the end of the season.[1]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

On September 7, 2018, Kayne/O'Shea announced a coaching change, deciding to join Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[17] 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."[18]

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.[19] They finished in sixth place there, with Kayne saying their performance was a personal disappointment.[20]

2019–2020 seasonEdit

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.[21] Kayne/O'Shea were sixth as well at the 2019 NHK Trophy.[22]

Competing at the 2020 U.S. Championships, Kayne/O'Shea placed second in the short program, seven points behind the leaders, Knierim/Knierim.[23] 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."[24] They finished the season with a fifth-place finish at the 2020 Four Continents Championships.[25]


(with O'Shea)

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition

  • Swan Lake
    by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne, Shae Zukiwsky

  • Take Me to Church
    by Hozier
    choreo. by Jim Peterson


Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series

With O'SheaEdit

Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Worlds 13th WD
Four Continents 2nd 8th 4th 1st 6th 5th
GP Cup of China WD 6th
GP France 2nd
GP NHK Trophy 4th 5th 6th
GP Rostelecom Cup WD 4th
GP Skate America 6th 6th
CS Finlandia 5th 7th
CS Golden Spin 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd
CS Tallinn Trophy 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 1st 4th
Challenge Cup 2nd
Ice Challenge 3rd
U.S. Classic 3rd
U.S. Champ. 7th 6th 3rd 1st WD 2nd 4th 3rd
Eastern Sectionals 1st
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew

Single skatingEdit

Event 2010–11 2011–12
Eastern Sectionals 9th J
South Atlantic Regionals 7th N 4th J
Levels: N = Novice; J = Junior


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  4. ^ "Kayne, O'Shea shake, stir 'Bond' in new short". IceNetwork.com. June 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Kayne Recovering from Right Hip Surgery". U.S. Figure Skating. August 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Slater, Paula (June 27, 2015). "Kayne and O'Shea continue to progress". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ "Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea Withdraw from Grand Prix Series Events". U.S. Figure Skating. October 17, 2014.
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  11. ^ Slater, Paula (January 24, 2016). "USA's Kayne and O'Shea take first National title". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ a b Rutherford, Lynn (January 21, 2017). "Kayne, O'Shea will not petition for world team spot". IceNetwork.com.
  13. ^ a b Slater, Paula (January 26, 2018). "Kayne and O'Shea capture gold at Four Continents". Golden Skate.
  14. ^ Price, Karen (January 26, 2018). "Tarah Kayne And Danny O'Shea Are First U.S. Pairs Team To Win Four Continents In 12 Years". teamusa.org. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
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  18. ^ Slater, Paula (November 24, 2018). "James and Cipres pocket another gold in Grenoble". Golden Skate.
  19. ^ Mammoser, Scott (January 26, 2019). "Cain and LeDuc capture Pair's U.S. title". Golden Skate.
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  21. ^ Slater, Paula (November 9, 2019). "Sui and Han reclaim Cup of China title". Golden Skate.
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  33. ^ "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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