Violinist Vanessa-Mae competes in Sochi

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Like other Olympians, pop violinist Vanessa-Mae got to live her dream ... but a lot slower than everyone else.

Short on both style and speed, she finished a distant last of 67 racers who completed the giant slalom. Her time of 3 minutes, 26.97 seconds over two runs was 50.1 seconds slower than the new Olympic champion, Tina Maze of Slovenia.
— Associated Press

Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach (L) chats with former musician Vanessa-Mae, who will compete for Thailand as Alpine skier Vanessa Vanakorn, before the IOC Gala Dinner on the eve of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic - Pool/Getty Images)
Previews - Winter Olympics Day -1
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach (L) chats with former musician Vanessa-Mae, who will compete for Thailand as Alpine skier Vanessa Vanakorn, before the IOC Gala Dinner on the eve of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic - Pool/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Vanessa Mae of Thailand attends the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 3
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Vanessa Mae of Thailand attends the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, skis during free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Mike Segar (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Vanessa Mae skis during free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, skis during free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Mike Segar (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Vanessa Mae skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, leaves after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, leaves after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, leaves after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Vanessa Mae attends the Audi Night 2014 on January 24, 2014 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attends the Audi Night 2014 on January 24, 2014 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attends the Audi Night 2014 on January 24, 2014 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Vanessa Mae of Thailand attends the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 3
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Vanessa Mae of Thailand attends the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attends the Jaeger LeCoultre Party during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Teatro alle Tese on September 7, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attends the Jaeger LeCoultre Party during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Teatro alle Tese on September 7, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attends the Jaeger LeCoultre Party during the 67th Venice Film Festival at the Teatro alle Tese on September 7, 2010 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, reacts after the second run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Vanessa Mae reacts after the second run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, reacts after the second run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae (R) performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae (R) performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae (R) performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Recording artist Vanessa-Mae performs during the opening night gala for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas at CityCenter December 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 47-story nongaming luxury hotel and condominium tower is the third part of the 67-acre, USD 8.5 billion mixed-use urban development center to open. The joint project between MGM Mirage and Dubai World is said to be the biggest privately financed construction project in United States history and one of the world's largest green projects being built with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Green Building Rating System. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)
Vanessa Mae attending an event at the Royal Academy Of Arts, London, 4th June 2008. (Photo by Andrew Cowie/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attending an event at the Royal Academy Of Arts, London, 4th June 2008. (Photo by Andrew Cowie/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Vanessa Mae attending an event at the Royal Academy Of Arts, London, 4th June 2008. (Photo by Andrew Cowie/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Thailand's Vanessa Mae attends a training session ahead of the women's Alpine skiing giant slalom during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Thailand's Mae attends a training session ahead of the women's Alpine skiing giant slalom during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Thailand's Vanessa Mae attends a training session ahead of the women's Alpine skiing giant slalom during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, participates in free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Mike Segar (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Vanessa-Mae participates in free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, participates in free practice at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Mike Segar (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn, set to ski for Thailand, waves during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT)
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Vanessa Mae reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Vanessa Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanessa Vanakorn, reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Violinist Vanessa Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, poses for photographers on top of the mountain of Rosa Khutor during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT SKIING ENTERTAINMENT)
Violinist Vanessa Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, poses for photographers on top of the mountain of Rosa Khutor during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Violinist Vanessa Mae Vanakorn, who is representing Thailand, poses for photographers on top of the mountain of Rosa Khutor during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 13, 2014. Mae will be competing in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom race. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT SKIING ENTERTAINMENT)
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, chats with former musician Vanessa-Mae, who will compete for Thailand as alpine skier Vanessa Vanakorn before the IOC President's Gala Dinner on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Andrej Isakovic, Pool)
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, chats with former musician Vanessa-Mae, who will compete for Thailand as alpine skier Vanessa Vanakorn before the IOC President's Gala Dinner on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Andrej Isakovic, Pool)
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, chats with former musician Vanessa-Mae, who will compete for Thailand as alpine skier Vanessa Vanakorn before the IOC President's Gala Dinner on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Andrej Isakovic, Pool)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father name as Vanessa Vanakorn, celebrates in the finish area after completing the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae completes giant slalom run
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father name as Vanessa Vanakorn, celebrates in the finish area after completing the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand celebrates after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinist Vanessa-Mae completes giant slalom run
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand celebrates after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, finishes the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, finishes the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, finishes the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, smiles after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, smiles after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, smiles after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand celebrates after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand celebrates after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand celebrates after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, center, poses for a photograph with Olympic volunteers after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, center, poses for a photograph with Olympic volunteers after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, center, poses for a photograph with Olympic volunteers after competing in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, competes in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, competes in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Violinst Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, competes in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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