Former child prodigy and “violin techno-acoustic fusion” pioneer Vanessa-Mae has announced plans to spend less time working on music over the next year, in order to focus on her second passion, skiing. Mae wants to represent Thailand in downhill skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Mae is a Singaporean-born British citizen, but is eligible to represent Thailand thanks to Thai ancestry on her father’s side.) Via Indrus:
The thing is that I’m not going to be competing to become in the top, because they’ve been taking races since they were about 8 years old. I just hope to qualify – to get 140 points. I don’t have any illusions of being on the podium or in top-100 of the world. Just to be there would be cool. I’ve actually been training sporadically. I haven’t got a full-time coach. I’m in the middle of interviewing for one. When I return to Zermatt in a few days’ time – I’m currently in London – I’ll be training two-three days and I’m going to racing camp in Oslo for about a week, and then we’ll see what the rest of the year’s training is going to look like. But definitely the priority is to qualify.
This may sound kind of insane, but it’s not actually that far fetched.
First of all, this isn’t without precedent. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was invited to be part of the British fencing team in Barcelona, in 1992, but had to turn down the offer due to a scheduling conflict.
Second of all, it’s the Thai ski team. You could probably make the Thai ski team.