Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming at the Super Bowl two weekends ago. And the Russian-born Anna Netrebko, of Russian President Vladimir Putin, opening ceremony to perform the Olympic Anthem.
However, no one asked either of those opera stars to perform athletic feats. Leave those to 35-year-old British violinist Vanessa-Mae, who is scheduled to ski for Thailand in the women’s giant slalom Tuesday, Feb. 18.
First marketed as a child prodigy in the late 1980s, Vanessa-Mae later found huge success as a crossover musician with an overtly sexy . In 2006, London’s Sunday Times put her at the of its list of the U.K.’s wealthiest young entertainers. Her fortune, then estimated at £32 million, beat out the likes of ‘s Chris Martin and actors Orlando Bloom and Daniel Radcliffe.