U.S. Qualifying season is underway!
By Christine Brennan:
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has temporarily barred pairs figure skating coach Dalilah Sappenfield from having any contact with a dozen skaters.
Via text message, O’Shea said, “I support Tarah in every way, as I did while we were partners for nine years. Tarah is a strong woman and I am proud of her for coming forward and hope that her strength is a beacon for others. Together we chose to leave a training environment that had become unhealthy for us. I stand by Tarah, and I support SafeSport and their ongoing investigations.”
O’Shea, 30, is competing this season with a new partner and new coaches in Southern California.
Kayne said she had planned to continue skating with O’Shea through the 2022 Winter Olympic year.
“But that all changed because of Dalilah,” she said. “These awful experiences forced me out of the sport I love. Dalilah said multiple times that she wanted to end my career, and she succeeded.”
Instead, Kayne will be touring with a skating show in Europe starting in November.