AOC - Australian Olympic Committee Inc.

08/05/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/04/2017 21:19

Strong start for Craine in season opener

FIGURE SKATING: PyeongChang 2018 figure skating hopeful, Kailani Craine has launched her 2017 season with a clear message - she may be young, but she means business.

The 18-year-old has shown her international competition at the Asian Open Trophy she's not there to muck around, recording a solid third place finish in the first of two performances - the women's individual strong short program. 'This is my first competition of the season, the Asian Open Trophy, I'm competing against some really good skaters from countries such as Japan and Korea,' Craine said.

The Newcastle native finished behind two Japanese skaters, Kaori Sakamoto and Yuna Shiraiwa, in the opening performance of the trophy, but says it is the free program she is most excited to compete in.

'I'm really using this competition to debut my new free program which I absolutely love!,' said Craine, who hopes to make her Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

'I would love to record a personal best in this competition, and perhaps some add some new elements to my performance.

'Also if I can improve my ranking that would be an extra bonus.'

Craine will take to the ice, 11th out of 13 competitiors in the free program on Saturday night (10:30pm AEST) where she hopes a strong performance can put her in good sted for the ideal Olympic prepartion.

'This event is a really good warmup for the upcoming Olympic season, and really every event that I will compete in this season will count towards my Olympic preparation.

'I'm just working towards improving my technical ability and also improving my world ranking.'

The three-time Australian Champion also said the fact that this year's 2017 Asian Open Trophy was held in Hong Kong was an added bonus.

'This year the competition is held in Hong Kong which is really cool because it's my first time visiting here!'

Craine is joined by fellow Australian skaters, James Min and Andrew Dodds who finished 7th and 8th respectively in the men's short program, and pairs skaters, Paris Stephens and Matthew Dodds who secured a 4th place finish. For a full competition schedule see HERE.

Ashleigh Knight