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Vanessa Mae performing during a concert in Prague in the Czech Republic in this Sept 25, 2008, file photo. Despite her musical accomplishments, achievement on the piste has long been an aim for the well-known violinist. – Reuters
Violinist appears to have narrowly qualified for Sochi Games, says her manager.
THE violinist Vanessa-Mae has swapped her bow for a set of ski poles and is set to compete in the Winter Olympics for Thailand next month.
Mae, who has sold in excess of 10 million albums, has been training since 2010 and appears to have met the qualification criteria for Sochi, Russia, after her performance in Slovenia over the weekend.
“It would appear that she’s done it,” her manager Giles Holland told the BBC. “She’s done it by a whisker, but she’s done it.”
Mae, 35, who competes under the name Vanessa Vanakorn (her father’s surname), raced four times in various giant slalom events in Krvavec in order to dip below the 140-point standard required. Countries with no skiers ranked in the world’s top 500 may enter one man and one woman into the Games, in the slalom and giant slalom, as long as they can meet the points requirement.
“Vanessa-Mae has unofficially qualified for the Olympic Games, that I could say to you,” added Marko Rudolf, a Slovenian masters skier with links to the committee that organised the races.
Despite her musical accomplishments, achievement on the piste has long been an aim for Mae. “It has been my dream and I am hoping people will accept that I just want to give it my best,” Vanessa-Mae told the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph in 2010. “I am taking a plunge. I am British, but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country. But because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me.” – Guardian News & Media
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