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Ryan O'Meara
Personal information
Country represented:  United States
Date of birth: January 5, 1984 (1984-01-05) (age 26)
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 175 cm (5.7 ft)
Former partner: Jamie Silverstein,
Lydia Manon,
Melissa Ralph,
Lia Nitake
Former coach: Igor Shpilband,
Marina Zueva,
Jerry Santoferrara,
Elizabeth Coates,
Genrich Sretenski
Skating club: Coyotes Skating Club
Retired: 2006
ISU personal best scores
Combined Total: 155.51
2005 Skate America
Comp. Dance: 29.98
2006 Four Continents
Original Dance: 48.28
2005 Skate America
Free Dance: 78.79
2005 Skate America

Ryan O'Meara (born January 5, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an American ice dancer. With partner Jamie Silverstein, he is a 2006 Olympian. Following his retirement from competitive skating, he began working full time as a coach and an interior designer.



O'Meara competed on the novice and junior levels with Melissa Ralph and Lia Nitake, having some success with them both. He won four straight medals at the U.S. Championships on the novice and junior levels between 1999 and 2002, two with Ralph and two with Nitake.

O'Meara competed with Lydia Manon from 2003 to 2005. With Manon, he won the bronze medal at the 2005 U.S. Championships and at the 2005 Four Continents Championships.

In 2005, his partnership ended with Manon and he teamed up with Jamie Silverstein, a former World Junior Champion with Justin Pekarek. Silverstein and O'Meara had sudden success. They were sent as a host entry to the 2005 Skate America, their first international competition together as a team, and placed 5th.

They won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which qualified them for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2006 Four Continents Championships. They competed at the Four Continents and placed 6th.

At the Olympics, they placed 18th in the compulsory dance, 16th in the original dance, and 18th in the free dance, placing 16th overall out of 23 teams.

They chose not to compete at the 2006 World Figure Skating Championships. U.S. pewter medalists Morgan Matthews & Maxim Zavozin were sent in their place.

In the spring of 2006, Silverstein and O'Meara announced they would be taking time off from competitive skating. Their partnership ended soon after and O'Meara retired from competitive skating. O'Meara works as a coach. He owns an interior design business called "Palavela Home", which is named after the Palavela, the venue for the figure skating competition at the Olympics.

O'Meara came out of the closet as gay in 2008.[1]

Competitive highlights

(with Silverstein)

Event 2005-2006
Winter Olympic Games 16th
Four Continents Championships 6th
U.S. Championships 3rd
Skate America 5th
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st

(with Manon)

Event 2003-2004 2004-2005
Four Continents Championships 3rd
U.S. Championships 6th 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 6th 1st
Pacific Coast Sectionals 1st
Midwestern Sectionals 1st

(with Ralph)

Event 2000-2001 2001-2002
U.S. Championships 4th J. 2nd J.
Helmut Seibt Memorial 1st J.
  • J = Junior level

(with Nitake)

Event 1998-1999 1999-2000
U.S. Championships 3rd N. 4th J.
  • N = Novice level; J = Junior level


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