Tarah Kayne

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Tarah Kayne
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1993-04-28) April 28, 1993 (age 25)
Fort Myers, Florida
Home town Bradenton, Florida
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Partner Daniel O'Shea
Coach Jim Peterson, Amanda Evora
Choreographer Jim Peterson
Skating club Southwest Florida FSC
Training locations Ellenton, Florida
Began skating 1998
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 194.42
2018 Four Continents
Short program 65.74
2018 Four Continents
Free skate 128.68
2018 Four Continents

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.


Early years[edit]

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 season[edit]

Kayne/O'Shea finished 7th 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 season[edit]

Kayne/O'Shea won bronze medals at the U.S. Classic and Ice Challenge. After placing 6th at the 2014 U.S. Championships, they were assigned to the 2014 Four Continents, where they won the silver medal.

2014–2015 season[edit]

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 season[edit]

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 6th at the 2015 Skate America and 4th at the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. Another CS 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 season[edit]

After placing 5th at the 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy, Kayne/O'Shea competed at two Grand Prix events, finishing 6th at the 2016 Skate America and 4th 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 season[edit]

Kayne/O'Shea took silver at the 2018 U.S. Championships. At the 2018 Four Continents, they were third after the short program and then had a personal best score in the free skate to win the gold medal.[13] Following the event, Kayne was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right knee.[14] The pair withdrew from the 2018 World Championships before the competition.[15]

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

2018–2019 season[edit]

On September 7, 2018, Kayne/O'Shea announced a coaching change, deciding to join Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[16]


(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 highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series

With O'Shea[edit]

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

Single skating[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Tarah Kayne". Tracings.net. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tarah Kayne / Daniel O'Shea". IceNetwork.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2018. 
  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. 
  8. ^ a b c d Kayne, Tarah; O'Shea, Daniel (July 31, 2017). "O'Shea Kayne you see: Pair looks to bounce back". IceNetwork.com. 
  9. ^ Adams, Leah; Carrelli, Heather (January 10, 2016). "A chat with Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea". figureskatersonline.com. 
  10. ^ Slater, Paula (January 22, 2016). "Kayne and O'Shea in front at U.S. Nationals". Golden Skate. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Kayne, Tarah; O'Shea, Daniel (June 7, 2018). "A Long Update". figureskatersonline.com/kayne-oshea. 
  15. ^ "Three Skaters Added to 2018 World Team". U.S. Figure Skating. March 16, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea Relocating to Colorado Springs". U.S. Figure Skating. September 7, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Kayne & O'Shea Online: Programs". Official website of Tarah Kayne & Daniel O'Shea. Archived from the original on September 9, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 19, 2017. 
  19. ^ Thayer, Jacquelyn (July 7, 2016). "Connection Key to Creation for Kayne and O'Shea". twofortheice.com. 
  20. ^ "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Competition Results: Tarah KAYNE / Daniel O SHEA". International Skating Union. 

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