Vanessa Mae to ski for Thailand

British-Thai violinist Vanessa Mae is set to ski for Thailand in the Winter Olypmics, an official said Monday in Bangkok, adding that written confirmation was still pending.

Her manager had telephoned to say she qualified to represent the kingdom in next month's contest in Sochi, Russia, said Thassanai Mookvichit, head of foreign affairs for the Thai Olympics Committee.

"As soon as we receive the official letter of confirmation we will announce it, probably by Tuesday," he said.

The prominent virtuoso, aged 35, reportedly completed several slalom races over the weekend in Slovenia to qualify.

She has been competing under her Thai father's surname Vanakorn.

Under Olympic rules, countries with no skiers ranked among the world's top 500 may send one man and one woman to the Winter Olympics providing they meet a second set of criteria.

Vanessa, who has dual British-Thai nationality, chose to represent Thailand.

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 12:14 AM
Go for it Vanessa. Good luck and God bless.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 11:29 PM
Thank you. Be safe and god bless. from iPhone application.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
Now that's a beautiful (and talented) Thai woman.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 06:44 PM
She is so amazingly beautiful and her talent is to be admired. I have been her fan since a very long time, China girl was her best album. It´s nice to see her again on the news since I have not heard about her for a while. I wish her all the best at the game, at leat she will have some fun.
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 05:49 PM
Schuhmacher went around 20kmh and even with 5kmh you can get serious problems, this is not so much a matter of speed that is a matter of no protection, yes protection or wrong one. The head is the most fragile part on your body because of this be very careful, you know why they have so many fatal motocyc accidents in Thailand? Because people dont care about this.
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 05:23 PM
Best of Luck Vanessa, if you ski as well as you play the violin you should do ok. I always encourage my daughter who is Duel Thai-British that if she becomes good at something that gives her the opportunity to represent her nation she should always remember that she is Thai by birth and should always represent Thailand.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
"Vanessa, who has dual British-Thai nationality," Good luck to her but I was always under the impression that Thais with one non-Thai must surrender one nationality when the are above 18? This is often the rhetoric that is banded about.
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 04:31 PM
She doesnt go fast enough for injury to occur ,check her results .
Discussion 9 : 20/01/2014 at 04:26 PM
What a talented beauty! Best of luck to Thailand and their lovely representative.
Discussion 10 : 20/01/2014 at 03:59 PM
great news for Thailand! best of luck to Khun Vanessa!
Discussion 11 : 20/01/2014 at 03:39 PM
Better start get use to wearing a bit more and thicker clothing for the snow and winter temperature.....
Discussion 12 : 20/01/2014 at 03:05 PM
Wear a full head helmet (not an open one in front) and knees and elbow protection otherwise you get the same problem as Schuhmacher the other day, happy skiing!
Discussion 13 : 20/01/2014 at 02:51 PM
Wishing you all the best in representing Thailand in the 2014 Winter Games You go girl

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