In her first season at senior ISU level, the 17-year-old is cementing her world ranking having finished in the top 8 at both Senior Challenger B events, plus continuing on the junior circuit this year - scoring PBs along the way.
In Graz, her bubbly short program was rewarded with a personal best 27.62 points for her performance components outstripping her Nebelhorn Trophy result just four weeks ago by over four points.
The overall short program total of 49.70 put Kailani in 8th place in a field of 26 competitors going into the free skate.
“I felt really relaxed and happy with how I skated the short,” Kailani said from Austria. “We changed the short program to have the triple flip first and the loop combination later in the program. The plan worked and I am excited about that.”
The under rotations on the jumps, for which she had been down-graded previously this season, were fully rotated and rewarded in the short program, but in typical Kailani-style, her expectations are high.
“I would have liked to have scored higher, particularly on the flying spin but it’s encouraging to see the component score on the way up.”
The short was one-two for USA with Tyler Pierce and Mirai Nagasu scoring 58.47 and 57.85 respectively but both women experienced difficulties executing the combination jump.
In the free program, skating to Romeo and Juliet, Kailani improved the score on her now reliable opening triple flip and for the first time was awarded a fully rotated triple /half loop/triple jump combo that scored 10 points towards her 91.89 total, however the lutz entry edge and four other rotation downgrades kept her score under the coveted 100 points.
Despite one fall, Kailani’s consistently high-scoring spins and improved technical delivery landed her in 6th place in the free program and 7th overall with 141.59 points.
USA’s Mirai Nagasu fought hard in the free program, despite also being called for four under rotations, to win overall with 169.38 points, Russian Maria Artemieva took the silver (166.81) and Tyler Pierce stayed on the podium with 162.69.
Kailani will return home to Newcastle and her Sydney training base for the rest of November ahead of the Australian Figure Skating Championships at Penrith Ice Palace, which begin on December 4.
Photo: Kailani Craine skating her free program to Romeo and Juliet. Image Courtesy Michael Santer, Oz Skater