Vanessa Mae, who is world famous for the skills in violin, has another amazing talent right up her sleeve.
Born Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, the Singaporean-British violinist who described herself as “violin techno-acoustic fusion”, is set to ski for Thailand at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which start next month.
A keen skier since childhood, Mae has been competing as Vanessa Vanakorn using her father’s surname.
“I’m British but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country. Because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me,” says Mae about competing to represent Thailand.
|Mae in her skiing getup.|
She raced four times in Slovenia at the weekend in a last-ditch bid to meet the qualifying standard.
Manager Giles Holland, speaking on behalf of Mae, told the BBC: “It would appear that she’s done it. She’s done it by a whisker, but she’s done it.”
As Thailand has no skiers ranked in the world’s top 500 for any Alpine discipline, Mae had to produce an average of 140 points or fewer over five recognised races. It has long been Mae’s ambition to compete at the Winter Olympics.
“It has been my dream and I am hoping people will accept I just want to give it my best,” she said, “To even get to the Olympics, I have to qualify for the 2013 World Championships and the standard is high.
However, Mae’s place at Sochi 2014 must still be confirmed by the FIS when the final points list is published.
The process to allot places for potential competitors based on the points list begins today, so fingers crossed!
Here’s a video of Vanessa Mae’s well known techno-violin version of Vivaldi, for nostalgic purposes.