Violinist Vanessa Mae set to compete at Winter Olympics

Violinist Vanessa Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which start next month, the BBC reports.

Mae, a keen skier since childhood, has been competing as Vanessa Vanakorn using her father’s surname.

She raced four times in Slovenia at the weekend in a last-ditch bid to meet the qualifying standard.

Under current Olympic qualification rules, countries with no skier ranked in the world’s top 500 may send one man and one woman to the Games – to compete in slalom and giant slalom – if those athletes meet a second set of criteria.

Thailand has no skiers ranked in the world’s top 500 for any Alpine discipline. To meet the second criteria, Mae had to produce an average of 140 points or fewer over five recognised races.

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