Vanessa Mae wants to ski for Thailand

Violinist Vanessa Mae is training to become an Olympic skier with the aim of competing in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – for Thailand

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Vanessa Mae wants to ski for Thailand

Vanessa Mae has reached the heights of the classical/pop music business, put she's putting that aside for awhile for another type of heights.

She is training to become an Olympic skier with the aim of competing in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Vanessa is a British citizen but she also holds a Thai passport. She is actually half Thai. Her father, Vorapong Vanakorn, is Thai, her mother, Pamela Tan-Nicholson, is Chinese, and now a British citizen through re-marriage.

Vanessa Mae performs a wai for the camera during a visit to Thailand in 2005. CHANAT KATANYU

The competition to make the British team would be fierce, so her ambitions lie with Thai team where things should be a bit easier.

The Kingdom has had only one Winter Olympic competitor ever, Prawat Nagvajara a cross-country skier at Salt Lake City 2002 and the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.

“People are surprised when they see me skiing," she told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“But it has been my dream to be a ski bum since I was 14. This is something I am determined to do.”

Vanessa-Mae has been training in Zermatt, Switzerland, for the past three years in the hope of making it to the Games in Sochi, a city on Russia’s Black Sea coast near the border with Georgia, in February 2014.

The International Ski Federation said that Vanessa-Mae needed a minimum of five starts in Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) competitions and certain points to qualify for the Olympics.

"She has a full year to quality and there are many events, so there are plenty of options still," FIS spokeswoman Riikka Rakic told Reuters.

Vanessa is realist about her chances of winning an Olympic medal, however.

“When it comes to music I am a perfectionist but when it is skiing, I have no delusions about a podium or even being in the top 100 in the world,” she said.

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put aside – to stop doing something for a time วางไว้สักพัก
aim – purpose; goal เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย
fierce – very strong รุนแรง, ดุเดือด
ambition – the desire or determination to be successful, rich, powerful, etc; something that you want to do or achieve very much ความทะเยอทะยาน, ความปรารถนาอันแรงกล้า
ski bum – someone who spends all their time skiing
determined – wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น
coast – an area of land beside the sea ชายฝั่ง
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
federation – a large organisation made up of several smaller organisations or groups that share similar aims สหพันธ์, สมาคม
minimum – the lowest possible; the lowest allowed ต่ำที่สุด, น้อยที่สุด
qualify – to be of a high enough standard to enter a competition ทำให้มีคุณสมบัติ
plenty – more than enough มากพอ
option – choice ทางเลือก
realist – a person who accepts and deals with a situation as it really is and does not try to pretend that it is different ผู้ยอมรับความจริง
perfectionist – a person who likes to do things perfectly and is not satisfied with anything less ผู้ยึดความสมบูรณ์แบบ
delusion – a false belief or opinion about yourself or your situation ความเชื่อที่ผิด, การเข้าใจผิด, ความผิดพลาด, ความเชื่อที่ผิด
– a small raised area where someone stands to give a speech, conduct an orchestra, give out awards, etc., in this case winning a medal so that you get to stand on a podium แท่น, พลับพลา

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