The 18-year-old is poised to compete at three major meets in the next two months and will aim to qualify Australia for the Women’s Olympic Winter Games Figure Skating Competition at the World Championships in Helsinki (FIN), beginning 29 March.
Before the Worlds Craine will compete at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Korea, followed by the Asian Winter Games in Japan.
It is the first time Australia has been invited to participate at the Asian Winter Games and the multisport event will be attended by 30 emerging and experienced Aussie winter sport athletes.
Four Continents is an annual figure skating event which attracts many of the world’s top competitors. In 2016 it was a place of success for Australia’s national champion.
“The crowds were fantastic throughout the entire competition and I was on top of the world when I received a personal best for my free skate,” Craine said.
The figure skating sensation achieved a new personal best in November 2016 at the Warsaw (POL) World Cup.
“The way that I’m going at the moment I’m incredibly confident in myself,” Craine told her local newspaper The Maitland Mercury.
With high school now complete the 2016 HSC graduate has made her sport her priority. Together with her parents she has located to Los Angeles to give herself the best opportunity for success.
She has ambitious goals for 2017 with all roads leading to PyeongChang.
“I think about the Olympics all the time. That’s just a complete dream.”
The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships will be held at the venue of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games beginning on 14 February. Australia will be represented by 13 athletes across the men’s, ladies, pair’s and ice dance divisions including Sochi Olympian Brendan Kerry.
The Asian Winter Games are being staged in Sapporo (JPN) from 19-26 February and will see six Australian figure skaters attend.