The classical performer was competing in the Alpine giant slalom race
Classical violinist Vanessa-Mae has made her “rock’n’roll” Winter Olympics debut in the Alpine giant slalom skiing event, finishing last.
The former child prodigy and multi-million selling musician was placed 74th in the race, coming 26.98 seconds behind the winner Tina Maze of Slovenia. A British citizen born in Singapore, Vanessa-Mae was competing under her the name Vanessa Vanakorn and was skiing for Thailand.
Speaking to the BBC Sport after she completed the race, she explained that her performance was “rock’n’roll”. She commented: “It’s so cool. You’ve got the elite skiers of the world and then you’ve got some mad old woman like me trying to make it down.” The Guardian reports that she added: “I nearly crashed three times, but I made it down and that was the main thing. Just the experience of being here is amazing.”
The violinist, whose last album was 2004’s ‘Choreography’ said that she would be making a donation to animal charities after qualifying for the Olympics. “I said to myself, if I qualify I’m going to set a goal for myself. I made a pledge and I’m going to make a big donation to charity because I support animal charities. My main purpose for being here was to really have a good time, to improve my skiing in a very short amount of time and to help some animals out there.”
In 2006, Vanessa-Mae was named the UK’s richest entertainer under the age of 30 in the Sunday Times Rich List.