SOCHI SCENE: Thailand's other guy

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 7:56 am •  Published: February 19, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Thailand only has two Olympians — and one's getting most of the attention because she's also a pop star at home.

The country's other Olympian is Kanes Sucharitakul, an Alpine skier who was Thailand's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony and finished 65th in the giant slalom.

His teammate, Vanessa-Mae, is a platinum-selling pop violinist who lives in England and was born to a Thai father. She's sold 10 million records worldwide.

Sucharitakul's focus at the Olympics has been skiing. When asked about anti-government protests in his home country that have turned deadly, he said: "I get the news mostly from my family but I would really rather not comment on that."

— By Graham Dunbar — http://twitter.com/gdunbarap

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Associated Press reporters are filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: http://apne.ws/1c3WMiu


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