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Violinist Vanessa-Mae qualifies to compete for Thailand in skiing at Sochi Olympics

FIL:E - This is a Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 file photo of Internationally renown violinist Vanessa Mae as she performs during her concert in Prague, Czech Republic. The manager of musician Vanessa Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics. Giles Howard says the classical-pop violinist has qualified for the Thai team at the Sochi games. The International Ski Federation published rankings on Monday Jan. 20, 2014 confirming Mae has met the qualifying criteria to compete at Sochi. (AP Photo/CTK, Rene Volfik) ** SLOVAKIA OUT **
January 20, 2014 - 8:41 AM

LONDON - The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

Giles Howard says the classical-pop violinist has qualified for the Thai team at the Sochi games.

The International Ski Federation published rankings on Monday confirming Vanessa-Mae has met the qualifying criteria to compete at Sochi.

The federation's alpine media co-ordinator, Ana Jelusic, told Britain's Press Association news agency that the 35-year-old musician "ticks all the boxes," having gained the required level of points in at least five slalom or giant slalom races.

Singapore-born, London-raised Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson competes as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father.

A child prodigy who played violin from age 5, she shot to fame in 1995 with her debut album "Violin Player."

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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