Thailand Ski Team? Vanessa Mae Hopes to Represent Thailand at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

Thailand Ski Team? Vanessa Mae Hopes to Represent Thailand at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

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Thailand Ski Team? Vanessa Mae Hopes to Represent Thailand at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia

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Vanessa Mae, the former violin prodigy, is setting aside her musical talents for a shot at representing Thailand at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. telegraph.co.uk tells us more. 

It’s no surprise, really, that her skiing garb – its dents and scratches testimony to how seriously she takes the sport – should sit on top of her beloved piano. (And it is perhaps a subtle, subconscious suggestion that music is taking something of a back seat these days: “There has been a marked slowing down in my life.”) No surprise since the sudden, albeit brief, announcement last week that Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson – the Singapore-born violin virtuoso and child prodigy who matured into the sultry siren who sexed up the staid world of classical music – is hoping to represent Thailand as a downhill skier at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

She goes on to say, “It has been my dream, and I am hoping people will accept I just want to give it my best. To even get to the Olympics, I have to qualify for the 2013 World Championships and the standard is high. I know I am always going to be a few points behind the top guys. 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.”

Read more here telegraph.co.uk

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