Better known as an acclaimed classical-pop violinist, Vanessa-Mae will switch her musical bow for a pair of skis next month to become the third person ever to represent tropical Thailand at the Winter Olympics, being held in Sochi in Russia.

A British citizen, the 35-year-old actually qualifies to compete through her natural father, however she was brought up in England when her mother remarried a Briton.

"National Olympic Committee of Thailand has already made a decision to send Kanet Sucharitakul as the male athlete and Vanessa-Mae as the female athlete," confirms Varin Tansuphasiri, deputy secretary-general of Olympic Committee of Thailand, continuing, "We are currently coordinating with the International Ski Federation to announce the name of the other contestants on their official website."

Multitalented Vanessa-Mae has previously sold over 10 million albums yet has been skiing since she was 4-years-old.


The Sochi Games run from February 7-23