Craine's win secures Olympic Qualification for Australia
Published 1 October 2017 (AEDT)
FIGURE SKATING: 19-year-old Kailani Craine has skated to gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy, securing not only the Ladies title but an Olympic berth for Australia.
Craine dominated the Short program the night before and continued her strong form impressing judges with her Free skate to “Moulin Rouge”.
The routine featured five triple jumps, three level-four spins and level-four footwork, skills that picked up the Newcastle native 109.43 points.
A combined total of 167.45 points from both skates saw Craine take the gold by only 0.44 points.
”I felt really good in my free program today. I felt really prepared for this competition. It wasn’t the best free program that I’ve done, but it was enough to get me first place and to qualify an Olympic spot,” Craine said.
“I don’t think anything really can compare with what the Olympic Games are going to be like. It’s been a dream since I started skating, so I really just want to be able to skate my best, but I want to soak up every single moment.”
Rounding out the podium was Matilda Algotsson of Sweden and Alexia Paganini of Switzerland who earned the silver and bronze medals respectively, as well as 2018 qualification for their countries.
Craine’s gold medal marks a second Olympic qualifier for Australia after Harley Windsor and Katia Alexandrovskaya finished with a bronze medal and Olympic berth in the Pairs event.
Australia is now qualified in three disciplines with Men, Pairs and Ladies, also resulting in eligibility into the Olympic Team Event for the top ten nations in the world.
For the Olympic Team Event, Australia would unofficially currently be ranked 11th. The top ten nations will be determined on a points basis after the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix series has been completed in early December.
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