|(Sochi Games) Violinist says ski run was cool
Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae – competing as Vanessa Vanakorn – who completed today's first run in the giant slalom with the slowest time of the 74 skiers who finished says she enjoyed the moment.
She finished in 1 minute, 44.86 seconds _ 26.98 seconds behind leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.
“It was really cool,'' she said. “I expected to be last but you know at the end of the day the Olympics is a great opportunity.''
Vanessa-Mae is at the Olympics as one of two athletes on Thailand's team.
She is competing as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father.
“I said to myself, ‘If I qualify I'm going to set a goal for myself,''' she said. “I made [a] pledge that I'm going to make a big donation to charity, because I support animal charities. So 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 the second run later, she'll be the last racer down the slope.—AP