The 19-year-old waved at family members as she stepped on the ice, looking relaxed and at home on the world’s biggest stage.
“My legs were shaking a bit as I waited to get on, but once I was out there it all felt really natural – I was just so excited to be out there again,” Craine said.
“I wanted to really enjoy this whole experience and I did that.”
Craine opened with a triple lutz – double toe loop combination, before successfully executing all twelve of her elements.
“This whole experience has been everything I hoped for and more,” she saidsaid. “I just wanted two clean skates and I did that.
“This whole event has been a dream come true and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m just so happy and proud.”
Skating to a mix from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, Craine sparkled in a new outfit.
“I got my dressmaker to make me a new outfit for this routine and I couldn’t have felt better out there, I felt so good.
“And to have my family here and my teammates, it has honestly been such a wonderful experience.”
Craine ended her Olympic debut ranked 17th overall. Alina Zagitova - who is only 15 years-old - and Evagenia Medvedeva, two Olympic Athletes from Russia, won gold and silver, and Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond won bronze.
Craine’s score of 111.84 was a new season's best, taking her total combined score from the two programs to 168.61, and will give the young skater confidence as she looks ahead to the future.
“I hope to be back in four years time and I’m going to work so hard to be even better next time,” she said.
“I’ve learnt so much from watching the top girls here and made so many friends.
“I'm so inspired I just can’t wait to see what the future brings.”