KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — As a violin virtuoso, Vanessa-Mae has been endearing herself to large audiences since she was a small child.
Because of her flourishing musical career, skiing has always played second fiddle. At the Sochi Winter Games, that tune will change.
The classical-pop musician is set to compete for Thailand in the Olympic giant slalom on Tuesday.
Stage fright? Hardly.
The 35-year-old Vanessa-Mae has performed in celebrated concert halls all around the world. To her, this is just another show, another performance. And she's not expecting to be the star of the show.
Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore and raised in Britain, but is at the Olympics as one of two athletes on the Thai team. She'll be competing as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father.
"If I'm last, I'll still have a good time," Vanessa-Mae said in an interview with The Associated Press after she finished practicing on Friday. "I'm so lucky to be here. I have so much support."
Vanessa-Mae even left her violin in its case at home, just so skiing had her complete attention.
"I'll be happy to see (my violin) when I see it again," Vanessa-Mae admitted as she made her way off the slopes to a nearby car in her typically high-energy way. "I think it's a bit jealous of my skis at the moment."
Vanessa-Mae began playing the violin around the age of 5 and rose to fame in 1995 with her debut album "Violin Player."
As a kid, she also started skiing, but didn't take it too seriously.
No, she wouldn't start taking it really seriously until a few months ago, when she got it into her head she wanted to ski at the Sochi Olympics. It was a way to push herself.