Placing 18th with 47.76 points, Kailani skated well to move into the final free skating to decide the final standings.
Despite landing her triple lutz and triple loop jump combo, Kailani was penalised with an under-rotation and edge call that cost her just under five points and up to six places, but she wasn’t alone in a tough judging field, which claimed valuable points for many skater’s.
“I was really wanting to break 50 points again and felt like the loop was alright,” Kailani said after the short program.
Her American coach Tiffany Chin was pleased overall but says that the triple jump combinations are high on Kailani’s radar.
“Overall, Kailani did what she can do,” Tiffany explained. “In the coming season she will definitely be working on adding the triple lutz/triple toe. She is very capable and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback here.”
Kailani improved two places in the free program, moving up from 18th to 16th position in the final standings.
Russian athletes took out the first two places, with Evgenia Medvedeva in first and compatriot Serafima Sakhanovich second. Japanese skater Wakaba Higuchi placed third.
Reflecting on her performance, Kailani commented:
“Heading into the free program I was very nervous, but am happy with my skate.”
“I was able to put out two solid performances in Estonia, improving on my finish from last year, and can’t wait to return next year with a triple/triple combo.”
Men’s Short Program
Also competing for Australia at the Junior World Championships was fourteen-year-old James Min. Skating to The Voice winner Harrison Craig’s “you raise me up”, James finished in 31st place.
After the event, James commented on his experience.
“I am so pleased with my skate and enjoyed every moment, learning a lot from watching all the great Japanese and Russian skaters.”
IMAGE: Kailani Craine in Tallinn, Estonia