Famous violinist Vanessa-Mae has announced plans to represent Thailand in downhill skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thailand’s Bangkok Post reported on Monday.
Vanessa, who is a British citizen, has the ability to apply for Thai citizenship as her father is Vorapong Vanakorn, a Thai national. Vanessa’s attempt to race for Thailand will no doubt invoke similar memories of the Jamaican Ski Team’s Errol Kerr, who famously raced for Jamaica as a dual citizen of Jamaica and the U.S. at this year’s 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Thai Olympic Committee have already given their approval for Vanessa to compete with the national team at Olympic ski events, said the newspaper.
Vanessa-Mae previously tried to represent Thailand at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, but Thai authorities requested she forfeit her UK passport in exchange for a Thai passport. Eventually Vanessa-Mae obtained her Thai passport under an exceptional case clause, and held onto her British passport as well.
However, Vanessa-Mae still faces final approval from the International Ski Federation, the newspaper reported.
Vanessa-Mae is among one of the most financially successful young artists in Britain as her music has earned her an estimated $64 million throughout her career.