A British citizen, the 35-year-old Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn
Nicholson qualifies to compete for Thailand at the Sochi Games
in Russia through her natural father. She was brought up in
England when her mother remarried a Briton.
"National Olympic Committee of Thailand has already made a
decision to send Kanet Sucharitakul as the male athlete and
Vanessa-Mae as the female athlete," Varin Tansuphasiri, deputy
secretary-general of Olympic Committee of Thailand, told
"(We are) currently coordinating with the International Ski
(Federation) to announce the name of the contestants on their
The first Thai to compete in any Winter Olympics was academic
Prawat Nagvajara, a cross-country skier at Salt Lake City in
2002 and Turin in 2006.
Vanessa-Mae made her mark on the world stage when she broke from
tradition and became known for her sexy, glamorous violin style
and for mixing classical music with pop.
Her first techno pop-style album, "The Violin Player," was
released in 1995 and reached No. 11 in the UK albums chart,
selling over 10 million albums.
She qualified after competing four giant slalom races last
weekend in Slovenia.
Countries that do have a skier ranked among the world's top 500
can send one male and one female skier to the Winter Olympics if
they meet a high enough standard.
She told Reuters last year that she started skiing when she was
4 and that her ambition in her early teens was to be a ski bum.
But she said music was always her priority and she has not
stopped touring since her first album in 1995.
The Sochi Games run from February 7-23.
(Reporting by Pairat Temphairojana;
editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Patrick Johnston)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.