Vanessa-Mae trades violin for new career as Olympic skier
Vanessa-Mae has put her music career on hold while she rehearses for a new role - skiing at the Olympics.
The 34-year-old Violin prodigy has been training in Zermatt, Switzerland, for three years and has set her sights on representing Thailand at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, the Daily Mail reported.
The former child star will take part in her first skiing event in April before competing in at least five internationally recognised competitions before she can qualify for the slalom at the Sochi games in February next year.
She said that people are surprised when they see her skiing, but it has been her dream to be a ski bum since she was 14.
"This is something I am determined to do," she said.
The violinist is a British citizen but she also holds a Thai passport.
She was born in Singapore to a Chinese mother and a Thai father but she was brought up in England when her mother remarried a Briton.
Mae, whose full name is Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, would be only the second Thai to compete at a Winter Olympics if she qualified.