Violinist Vanessa Mae is to ski for Thailand at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. Competing under the name Vanessa Vanakorn, her father’s surname, the violinist raced four times in Slovenia over the weekend to ensure her place.
Mae has been a keen skier since childhood, and has chosen to compete for Thailand – for whom she qualifies thanks to her father’s nationality – and will qualify thanks to a loophole in the current qualification rules, according to the BBC.
The rules state that countries with no skier ranked in the top 500 may send one man and one woman to compete in the slalom and giant slalom if they can produce an average of 140 points or fewer over five races – with points awarded on an inverse scale, so better performance means fewer points.
The 35-year old moved just under the 140 point mark over the weekend after a series of strong performances, and will wait until Monday’s announcement of the official qualifiers, though it would appear she has met all the qualification criteria.