Violinist Vanessa Mae to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Vanessa Mae is famed for her skills as a violinist, but the young musician has announced that she will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The British beauty will ski for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using her father's Thai surname.
An avid skier since childhood, she had previously spoken about her desire to compete. "It has been my dream," she said. "I am hoping people will accept I just want to give it my best."
Racing four times in Slovenia at the weekend, she met the qualifying standard at the last minute. "It would appear that she's done it," said her manager Giles Holland. "She's done it by a whisker, but she's done it."