World famous violinist Vanessa=Mae is going to the 2014 Winter Olympics to represent Thailand in the slalom skiing competition. She has qualified according to the international skiing federation and is thus eligible to compete. Her presence as a competitor has brought attention to both her, the qualification procedures and Thailand but for those in the music industry the question is whether this is the ultimate public relations maneuver or the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
The opportunity to represent one's nation on the Olympic stage is considered one of the greatest honours in the life of an athlete and while many people have been complimenting Vanessa Mae for her pursuit to quality there have been questions about her motives and worthiness. Vanessa-Mae had to pursue her qualification as a representative of Thailand because her father is of Thai descent.
Vanessa-Mae is a self-professed "ski-bum" who lives in the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt and has been training there for the past year in between her violin concerts to prepare herself for her qualifying competitions. The International skiing federation noted that her recent performances in competition have enabled her to qualify under the guidelines but many entertainment observers wonder if her goal is to attract more attention to herself so that she can possibly enter new entertainment avenues such as acting.
Vanessa-Mae has always been someone who has been at the forefront of her profession having been a violin child prodigy but now she is going to the Olympics to compete in a competition to fulfill a childhood dream that she has not pursued seriously until starting to train for the possibility of qualifying approximately a year ago? For many in the entertainment music industry her move to the compete in the Olympics seems to be more suggestive of a superb public relations ploy that will bring even more attention to the women's Olympic slalom event because people will want to see her compete and will also serve to make her known to a much greater audience.
Prior to Vanessa-Mae's announcement that she would be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics she was known only to those who are lovers of violin music but at the Olympics her face will become known to television viewers worldwide and as such the possibility of being noticed by new fans and television/movie casting agents, directors and producers is much greater. Vanessa-Mae is a brilliant violinist but her becoming a 2014 Winter Olympic slalom participant may be the one of the most innovative and genius public relations moves in the history of entertainment.