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Vanessa-Mae enjoys Sochi experience

British violinist Vanessa-Mae was happy to take risks in the Winter Olympics after finishing 74th in the opening women's slalom run.

Vanessa-Mae, competing for Thailand under her father's name Vanakorn, made her bow at a Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the age of 35 after qualifying last month.

While she managed to complete the course, she finished 26.98 seconds behind leader Tina Maze ahead of Tuesday afternoon's second run.

Nevertheless, Vanessa-Mae was proud of her efforts.

"It was great," she said after becoming just the third person to compete for Thailand at a Winter Games.

"I said to myself 'if I qualify I'm going to set a goal for myself'. I made a pledge that I would make a big donation to charity because I support animal charities.

"My main focus for being here was to really have a good time, to improve my speed in a very, very short amount of time and to help some animals out here."

With Vanessa-Mae's career being dependent upon the use of her hands as a violinist, she has faced questions over her desire to participate as an athlete.

Yet she responded: "You have to take risks in life at the end of the day. You can insure yourself up to your eyeballs, but if you're enjoying life what's the problem?"