Violinist Vanessa-Mae Skiing for Thailand at Sochi Games

 | Tue 21 Jan 2014 13:53 ICT

CityNews – The British classical-pop violinist Vanessa-Mae has been selected to ski for Thailand in the Winter Olympics, and will use her father’s Thai surname Vanakorn in the competition. She will be the second-ever Thai person to compete in the Winter Olympics.

She has been training for the role since 2010, where she had to compete in at least five internationally-recognised events to be able to qualify for certain slalom races at the upcoming Games.

Vanessa was born in Singapore to a Chinese mother and Thai father but later moved to London, where she was raised. She has been hailed as a child prodigy and has played the violin since she was 5 years old, and has sold 10 million albums in her musical career.