Feb 19, 2014

    Vanessa Mae happy despite finishing last


    VIOLIN virtuoso Vanessa Mae, Thailand's first female skier at the Olympics, was last in a rainy giant slalom yesterday but was still bubbling with joy after finishing the slushy course.

    The Singapore-born British former child prodigy reached the finish line in 74th place, a massive 26.98sec behind leader Tina Maze of Slovenia.

    She clocked 1min 44.86sec down the course, 7.83sec behind her closest rival, Xia Lina of China. But at least she finished - unlike 15 others who failed to make it down.

    The 35-year-old, racing under the name Vanessa Vanakorn, was happy with her result.

    "I expected to be last but, at the end of the day, the Olympics is a great opportunity," she said.

    "I nearly crashed three times, but I made it down and that was the main thing. Just the experience of being here is amazing. I was worried I was going to get lost (on the course), but I just about managed it."