Vanessa-Mae: Olympic athlete by day, renowned violinist by night
Some overachieving parents probably hope that their children simply pick up a violin and become a world renowned violinist. As unrealistic as that sounds for most kids, Vanessa-Mae accomplished this and more.
Vanessa-Mae began her music career as a violin playing child prodigy. Over the years, she stretched out her classical repertoire to include a pop sensibility. She sold many records and even played on Janet Jackson's album Velvet Rope in 1997. But as a child, she loved skiing, and with that came the dream of skiing in the Olympics.
Now, at the age of 35, world renowned violinist Vanessa-Mae has already sold more than 10 million records worldwide. In the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Vanessa-Mae accomplished her other childhood dream and represented Thailand in the giant slalom event.
Sure, she finished near the bottom of the list, but considering that 23 entrants could not even finish the event and all the qualification rounds, she achieved an amazing feat.
See how one of the most powerful women in history claimed her throne in Isabel.
"It's my first Olympic Games where I'm also going to be here not only as an artist but as an athlete, and to be there during the parade of nations was one of the most memorable moments of my life. This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to represent Thailand. I think that when I saw the opening ceremony, I understood the coming together of not just one country but every country together,” Vanessa-Mae remarked.
How many people can say they are both a world renowned violinist and an Olympian?