Home > Lifestyle > People
Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 2:40:00 PM
Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 2:58:59 PM
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
Tags / Keywords:
Lifestyle, Sport, Vanessa Mae, Thailand, Sochi, Winter Olympics, violinist, ski
Parliament to debate mass graves
Ahmad Zahid: Malaysian officials may be in cahoots with human traffickers
Tiger ‘unintentionally’ mauled abbot at controversial Thai temple: Doctor
Thai PM deploys carrier to act as migrant processing centre
Dark side to coastal paradise
Winners scoot home on new bike
Tasteful eats for all seasons
Capture beauty of China to win a free trip
Still standing 100 years later
Grilled meals for meat lovers
Have a 'whale' of a good time in Queensland
MATTA launches GST navigator
China cyber security plan aims to protect state secrets
Putin classifies information on deaths of Russian troops in peacetime
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)