An Exciting Few Weeks

How can we possibly wrap up the excitement of the past few weeks in to one simple blog post?

We thought our season had ended with a fizzle after our Nationals freeskate- with a 6th place finish.  Although it may not have been all we had hoped for, for the culmination of our hard work, we had still laid out two seasons best scores and a clean short program a feat we were proud of.

Little known fact: Tarah actually knocked one of Danny’s contacts out of his eye at the beginning of the long program. (Danny can skate his long program with one eye closed. Can you?)
But our season wasn’t over yet! We were shocked and excited to find out that we had been named to the 2014 US Four Continents championships team! This meant that we had 4 days to train once we got home to Florida from Boston before we boarded our next plane to Taipei City, Taiwan! There truly is no rest for the wicked.
There was, of course, the question of who would travel with us to Taipei as our coach- seeing as our coaches Jim Peterson and Lyndon Johnston would be staying home with our training mates who are  training for THE OLYMPIC GAMES (How lucky are we to be surrounded by excellence?!). Lucky for us with our team coaching environment, we had our coach and Olympian Amanda Evora to travel with us. She was even able to show us around the rink and area because she had previously skated in the same event herself.

Equipped with travel guide, we conquered the Taipei Nightmarkets, shopping malls, famous sights like Taipei101 and…oh yeah, we even conquered the podium (or the silver medal anyways). After an OMG freak fall early in the long program, we really came back fighting and pulled up from 3rd place in the short to capture the silver. We were both thrilled with our performances and the entire experience. Being our first time in Asia, we were amazed at how kind the volunteers and fans were to the skaters! We also enjoyed meeting the fellow skaters from other countries and the closing banquet where there was an acrobatic performance. Just a 30 hour travel day including a 9 hour layover and 2 redeyes later and we are home safe and sound and have already begun discussing our plans for next season’s programs…and guess what? We even have our own Wikipedia pages now!

We would like to thank everyone who has followed and supported us during the 2013-14 skating season and can’t wait to perform for you all again.
We would also like to wish all of team USA and our team Florida training mates Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay, Paige Lawrence and Rudi Sweigers (Team Canada) and Stacey Kemp and David King (Team Great Britain) a successful 2014 Olympic Games!
-Tarah Kayne & Danny O’Shea

Back from Austria… minus a tux

December 6, 2013

kayneoshea-blogIt is hard to believe that we were in Austria less than two weeks ago! With all of the extra holiday show rehearsals we have been cramming in since we have arrived back, it seems like forever ago that we skated our way to our third international medal (in a row)! 

Although the Ice Challenge can be labeled as an overall success, that does not go to say that it was without flaws, falls and forgetful blunders. As we were getting ready to go to the rink to compete our short program, Danny realized he had accidentally forgotten his costume inside of a taxi. Going against the typical James Bond fashion, he simply rocked a plain black tee instead of his competition tux and we tried to block out the fact that Tarah was a bit overdressed (photo on right taken by team leader Kitty DeLio-LaForte). Despite our constant searching and phone calls, the costume is still in Austria — and there is probably a taxi driver enjoying his martini shaken, not stirred. 

After a quick Thanksgiving visit in Chicago to spend time with Danny’s family, we have arrived back home in Ellenton, Florida just in time for our club’s holiday show (Dec. 7-8)! This year we are featuring a collection of Disney vignette’s, and have been cast as Hercules and Megara — a perfect fit for Danny’s majestic muscles and Tarah’s sassy…sass. We are excited to bring our programs to life in front of three sold out shows!

-Tarah & Danny

Here we go!

Hello, everyone!

We’re on the internet! Not that we haven’t been this whole time, but now you can read the things we say on the internet – which is very exciting (for us anyways).
If you don’t know much about us, we began our partnership in the spring of 2012 and since then we have skated our way to two international medals. One at the end of the 2012-13 season at the Challenge Cup in The Netherlands then once again this August at the US International Classic in Salt Lake City.

The International Classic started our season off with a ‘James Bond’ finger-gun bang, and ever since we have been motivated to improve on our finish during our day to day practices. Since we found out that we have been assigned to another international competition, the Ice Challenge in Graz, Austria, we have been pushing ourselves forward in preparation for our trip. Competition time is approaching very quickly, with just two weeks of practice left before we depart to the “Sound of Music” wonderland. If Austria is anything like the Netherlands, then the pastries are certainly calling Tarah’s name and together we are thrilled to explore a new place and take on a new challenge (and coffee’s, and chocolates….)

All joking aside, we are both excited to open up a new window in to our partnership while we take on the future with confidence and strength. 

After all, it’s only holding hands and ice skating. 


Tarah & Danny