Violinist Vanessa-Mae to Ski at Sochi Olympics
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:00 PM
LONDON (AP) -- The manager of 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 confirming Vanessa-Mae has met the qualifying criteria to compete at Sochi.
The federation's alpine media coordinator, Ana Jelusic, told Britain's Press Association news agency that the 35-year-old musician "ticks all the boxes," having gained the required level of points in at least five slalom or giant slalom races.
Singapore-born, London-raised Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson competes as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father.
A child prodigy who played violin from age 5, she shot to fame in 1995 with her debut album "Violin Player."
Video: Mae performs a pop arrangement of Vivaldi's "Winter" from the Four Seasons.