KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Thailand only has two Olympians representing them in Sochi — and one’s getting most of the attention because she’s an internationally renowned violinist.
His teammate, Vanessa-Mae, is a platinum-selling pop violinist who lives in England and was born to a Thai father. She’s sold 10 million records worldwide.
Thailand’s Kanes Sucharitakul was among the 109 listed starters for the men’s giant slalom, the first run of which began at 11 a.m. Sochi time. The 22-year-old is No. 2,795 in the Fédération Internationale de Ski rankings for grand slalom. He was skier No. 98 in Wednesday’s race, behind Dow Travers of the Cayman Islands and ahead of Rokas Zaveckas of Lithuania.
Kanes Sucharitakul, who was also the Thailand’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, finished 65th in the giant slalom.
Sucharitakul’s focus at the Olympics has been skiing. When asked about anti-government protests in his home country that have turned deadly, he said: “I get the news mostly from my family but I would really rather not comment on that.”