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Vanessa-Mae swaps violin for skis at Sochi Olympics

Vanessa Mae

FIL:E - This is a Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 file photo of Internationally renown violinist Vanessa Mae as she performs during her concert in Prague, Czech Republic. The manager of musician Vanessa Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics. Giles Howard says the classical-pop violinist has qualified for the Thai team at the Sochi games. The International Ski Federation published rankings on Monday Jan. 20, 2014 confirming Mae has met the qualifying criteria to compete at Sochi. (AP Photo/CTK, Rene Volfik) ** SLOVAKIA OUT **


Violinist Vanessa-Mae has qualified for the Olympics in Alpine skiing.

“It would appear that she’s done it,” manager Giles Holland told the BBC. “She’s done it by a whisker, but she’s done it.”

Vanessa-Mae, whose full name is Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, was born in Singapore to a Chinese mother and Thai father, raised in Great Britain and is a British citizen with a Thai passport.

“I am British, but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country,” she told the Telegraph in 2010, when she began her Olympic quest. “Because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me.”

The classical-pop violinist will ski for Thailand in Sochi. Thailand has won 24 Olympic medals -- all in Summer Olympics.

Thailand has sent one athlete to a Winter Olympics before -- cross-country skier Prawat Nagvajara, who placed 66th and 96th in two races he finished in 2002 and 2006. He was lapped in the third and disqualified.

Vanessa-Mae, 35, has sold in excess of 10 million albums since her 1995 debut, according to the Guardian. She began playing violin at age 5 and was a child prodigy, one year after she started skiing.

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