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Olympic debutant and violinist Vanessa Mae lauds Sochi Games in Russia

February 18, 2014, 21:05 UTC+3 18

Vanessa Mae made her Olympic debut at the age of 35 in alpine skiing giant slalom and finished in the 64th and final place

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SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. World-famous violinist Vanessa Mae, who made her Olympic debut at the age of 35 in alpine skiing giant slalom event on Tuesday, praised Russia for the organization of the 2014 Winter Games in the resort city of Sochi.

Mae raced the slope of the Rosa Khutor course for the Thai Olympic team under the surname of Vanakorn. She finished both of her runs and completed the Olympic event in the 64th and final place.

She said Russia could be proud for Sochi and thanked the country for the enormous work to organize the Olympic Games.

The musician-turned-to-be-athlete has been a devoted skier since childhood and though she is a British subject, Mae also holds a Thai passport and was allowed to perform for Thailand under her father’s surname of Vanakorn.

“The Olympics is like the greatest show on earth and to just share the same snow, to be able to slide down the same snow that the elite skiers carve down is an honor and a privilege," Associated Press quoted Mae as saying.

Commenting on the possibility to wrap up her sports career after the Sochi Olympics, Mae only remarked that it had been only two months after she reached the professional level in skiing.

Mae was born in Singapore in 1978 to a Thai father and a Chinese mother, but was raised in England after her parents separated and Mae’s mother remarried a British attorney. She first intended to make her debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver but was stopped by the National Olympic Committee for the United Kingdom (the British Olympic Association), which at that time obliged her to abdicate British citizenship to compete for the Thai team.

Besides Mae, this year Thailand is also represented by alpine skier Kanes Sucharitakul. The first ever Thai athlete to take part in Winter Olympic Games was Prawat Nagvajara, who performed for Thailand in cross-country skiing at the 2002 Olympics in US Salt Lake City and then at the 2006 Olympics in Italy’s Turin.

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