Kailani Craine is a dual Olympic Figure Skater who made her debut at just 19-years-of-age at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.
She won her first Australian Junior title in December 2012 and backed up her title in consecutive years between 2013 and 2015. In 2014, the Junior champion also contested the senior title and earned gold to become the Australian Ladies Figure Skating Champion – a title she successfully defended in 2015 and 2016.
Kailani’s international career began in 2012, and she won the Junior division of the 2013 Skate Down Under and took home silver at the Lombardia Trophy in Italy before returning to claim gold in 2014.
By 2015, Kailani had made her senior international debut and earned silver on debut at the MNNT Cup. Juggling both junior and senior competition, 2015 was a breakthrough year for the Australian figure skater, earning 12th at the ISU Four Continents Championship, 16th at the Junior World Championships, and 8th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Logrono, Spain.
In 2016, the NSW Institute of Sport scholarship athlete medalled twice with a bronze at the 31st Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia, and a silver at the ISU Challenger event, Warsaw Cup in Poland.
At the Olympic Test Event of 2017, Kailani came away with 16th place and then 24th at her second world championships event in Helsinki, Finland before improving her 2017/18 season with gold and silver medals in the ISU Challenger events (Nebelhorn and Warsaw). She was the first place Olympic qualifier to the ladies’ event in PyeongChang at the Nebelhorn Trophy. 2017 proved to be a standout year for the skater, also making her ISU Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada and placing 10th overall.
Her Olympic debut came at age 19 at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, where she finished 17th. Her score of 56.77 saw her qualify through to the free skate of the Ladies Figure Skating, earned with a stunning short program performance which included a strong double axel and triple-double jump combination. In her free skate, Kailani opened with a triple lutz and executed all twelve of her elements to secure a score of 111.84 – a season’s best score.
Returning to competition during the 2018/19 season, Kailani competed at the Four Continents event in Anaheim, USA, finishing in 15th place and again at the 2019 World Championships where she finished 36th.
During the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of several major events, including the 2020 World Championships. The 2021 World Championships were the only international competition Kailani competed in for the season, taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, and where she placed 26th.
At the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Kailani performed her short routine to a classic version on Blondie, Heart of Glass but unfortunately fell outside of the advancing top 25 to finish in 29th position with a score of 49.93.