Former U.S. pairs skating champions Tarah Kayne, Danny O’Shea end partnership

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Closing out what was the longest running partnership on the U.S. pairs figure skating scene this season, Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea announced Thursday that they have split ways.

The 2016 national champions teamed up in April 2012, and this marked their ninth consecutive season skating together.

In October, Kayne and O’Shea finished fourth in the virtual ISP Points Challenge and fifth at Skate America. Both skaters plan to continue competing, though neither has announced future plans yet.

“I’m very proud of our partnership and incredibly thankful for Tarah,” O’Shea said in a U.S. Figure Skating release. “I know that she will be successful in everything she sets her mind to. I will always remember fondly our time together and all the hard work that made our partnership successful. I would also like to thank U.S. Figure Skating, our coaches and everyone who supported us along the way.”

“I would like to thank Danny for the dedication he has shown to our partnership, as well as U.S. Figure Skating for their many years of support,” Kayne said. “I look forward to continuing my competitive skating career with the guidance of my coaches, Jim Peterson and Amanda Evora.”

Kayne, 27, and O’Shea, 29, finished on the podium five times at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and twice qualified for the world championship team. They won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in 2018 and were runners-up in 2014. Their sole Grand Prix medal came at the 2018 Internationaux de France, where they earned silver.

Their career was often marred by injuries Kayne suffered, including a labral tear in her right hip in 2014, a right knee injury in 2015, a concussion during the 2017 U.S. championships short program that caused them to pull out of the free skate a year after winning the title and a stress fracture in her right knee in 2018 that had them withdraw from the world championships after winning Four Continents.

Last season, four past national champion pairs teams contended for the title at the 2020 U.S. championships, and only one of those teams remains intact heading into next month’s event. Married couple and three-time champs Alexa Knierim and Chris Knierim ended their skating partnership in February, followed by 2017 winners Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier the following month. Alexa Knierim and Frazier are now competing together and are off to a strong start, having won this season’s Skate America. Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc, the 2018 U.S. champs, will look to improve on their fourth-place finish from last season. Jessica Calalang and Brian Johnson, the 2020 silver medalists, are also contenders in their third season together.

2023 French Open TV, live stream schedule


The French Open airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points at Roland Garros in Paris.

Tennis Channel has live daily coverage with NBC and Peacock coming back for the middle weekend, plus the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals.

All NBC TV coverage also streams on and the NBC Sports app.

It’s the first French Open since 2004 without Rafael Nadal, the record 14-time champion who is out with a hip injury and hopes to return next year for a likely final time.

In his place, the favorites are top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, who is tied with Nadal for the men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles.


No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland is favored to claim a third French Open title, a year after beating American Coco Gauff in the final. She bids to join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win the French Open three or more times since 2000.

Two Americans are ranked in the top six in the world — No. 3 Jessica Pegula and Gauff.

The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.

MORE: All you need to know for 2023 French Open

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2023 French Open Broadcast Schedule

Date Time (ET) Platform Round
Sunday, May 28 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
12-3 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Monday, May 29 5 a.m.-3 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Tuesday, May 30 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel First Round
Wednesday, May 31 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Thursday, June 1 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Second Round
Friday, June 2 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
Saturday, June 3 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Third Round
12-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Sunday, June 4 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
12-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
3-5:30 p.m. Peacock (STREAM LINK)
Monday, June 5 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Tennis Channel Fourth Round
Tuesday, June 6 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
2-5 p.m. Tennis Channel
Wednesday, June 7 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis Channel Quarterfinals
2-5 p.m. Tennis Channel
Thursday, June 8 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tennis Channel Women’s Semifinals
11 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
Friday, June 9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semifinals
11 a.m.-3 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM)
Saturday, June 10 9 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM) Women’s Final
Sunday, June 11 9 a.m.-2 p.m. NBC (STREAM) | Peacock (STREAM) Men’s Final

KC Lightfoot breaks American record in men’s pole vault

KC Lightfoot

KC Lightfoot broke the American record in the men’s pole vault by clearing 6.07 meters at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville on Friday night.

Lightfoot, 23, broke the record of 6.06 set by Sam Kendricks, the 2017 and 2019 World champion, in 2019. Lightfoot’s best previous clearances were 6.00 meters indoors and 5.87 outdoors.

Lightfoot now ranks fourth on the world all-time list behind Swede Mondo Duplantis (6.22, reigning Olympic and world champ), Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie (6.16 indoors) and Ukrainian Sergey Bubka (6.15 indoors, 6.14 outdoors).

Lightfoot was fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, then missed the 2022 World Championships team after tying for fifth at last year’s USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.

Lightfoot turned pro in 2021 during his third season at Baylor and before the Tokyo Olympic Trials.

The top three at this July’s USATF Outdoors in Eugene, Oregon, are likely to make up the team for August’s worlds in Budapest.

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