23 January 2014 14:45 | By Aaron Chong, assistant Sports editor
7 celebrities with sporting careers

Not content with being celebrities in their own field, these folks have taken to a sporting career to further enhance their reputation

Vanessa Mae: Violinist to Olympic skier (© AFP / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
  • Vanessa Mae: Violinist to Olympic skier (© AFP / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
  • Patrick Dempsey: Actor to Race car driver (© AFP)
  • Jason David Frank: Actor to Mixed martial arts fighter (© AFP/YouTube)
  • Brock Lesnar: (Pseudo) wrestler to Mixed martial arts fighter (© YouTube/AFP)
  • Michael Jordan: Basketball player to Baseball player, Actor and Club owner (© AFP)
  • David Beckham: Footballer to Model (and vice-versa) (© AFP)
  • Maria Sharapova: Tennis player to Model (and vice-versa) (© AFP)
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Vanessa Mae: Violinist to Olympic skier

Vanessa Mae most recently traded her violin for a pair of skis after announcing that she will be representing Thailand in the alpine skiing event in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The former child prodigy, whose father is Thai, is one of two competitors who will represent the Southeast Asian nation.

Despite being born in Singapore, Mae has lived in the United Kingdom since her childhood and is renowned for her “techno-acoustic fusion” style of music. She made her international professional debut at 10-years-old in 1988, and three years later, became the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos.

According to latest rankings, Mae is 3,166th in the world in giant slalom. The 35-year-old, who is an avid skier, made no secret of her ambition to compete at the Winter Olympics. In 2010, she was quoted in British newspapers saying that it had been her dream and hoped that people will accept her decision as she gives her all.

While we’re happy that the ASEAN region is represented at a world class event, one burning question remains on our minds – why didn’t Mae choose to represent Singapore instead?

Click on to read more about other celebrities who have also taken to a sporting career.


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