Former U.S. pairs champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea continued Team USA’s strong showing at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City with a gold medal on Friday.
Kayne, 24, and O’Shea, 26, had a personal best score of 128.68 in the free skate and moved up from third place following the short program to secure their first ISU championship title with 194.42 points. They are the first U.S. pairs team to win at Four Continents since 2006.
Skating to “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky, their routine, including a triple twist and side-by-side triple Salchow, was enough to leap over teammates Ashley Cain and Timothy Leduc, who won the silver medal, and bronze medalists Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim of North Korea.
The win for Kayne and O’Shea comes after a tough year in which they had to withdraw from the 2017 national championships when Kayne suffered a concussion during a fall in the short program. That left them unable to defend their 2016 U.S. title, and then Kayne underwent knee surgery that kept the pair from competing until late last year. They finished second at this year’s national championships.
Cain and Leduc were in first place following the short program and scored a personal best of 123.85 on Friday with their performance to music from “The Great Gatsby.” The third U.S. team, Deanna Stellato and Nathan Bartholomay, finished fifth.
The U.S. now has three medals at the 2018 Four Continents following Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker’s gold in ice dance the day before. Also on Friday, American Mariah Bell wrapped up the women's competition by finishing fifth.
The event, which include skaters from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania, wrap up with the men’s final on Saturday. Jason Brown, a 2014 U.S. Olympic team bronze medalist, and Max Aaron were among the top six after the short program.