Vanessa-Mae completes slalom run

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Easing her way down the Olympic giant slalom course, pop violinist Vanessa-Mae completed Tuesday's first run with the slowest time of the 74 skiers who finished.

Nearly upright for most of the rainy course before crouching into the tuck position for the final gates, the Thai racer finished in one minute, 44.86 seconds - 26.98 seconds behind leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.

She celebrated in the finish area, raising her arms and ski poles over her head.

After all, she did better than the 15 racers who did not finish their runs.

Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore and raised in Britain, but is at the Olympics as one of two athletes on Thailand's team. She's competing as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father.

The other Thai athlete competing in this event is Kanes Sucharitakul, also a skier.

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Discussion 1 : 18/02/2014 at 05:37 PM
She completed both runs and finished 67th of 90 competitors. Well done Vanessa!
Discussion 2 : 18/02/2014 at 05:20 PM
Vanessa, do not worry not being the first on race, for me you are the first on Olympic Spirit. Well done!!!
Discussion 3 : 18/02/2014 at 04:57 PM
Congratulations on your spirit and drive. An accomplishment which I'm sure I couldn't achieve and I am from the land of snow.
Discussion 4 : 18/02/2014 at 03:09 PM
She is slower than everybody else and she is still happy. That is the Olympic spirit! It would be great if more people would have her positive attitude.
Discussion 5 : 18/02/2014 at 02:41 PM
She brings back the true Olympic spirit of doing your best and enjoying the event.

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