The Omega Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games continues to draw in a host of celebrities, the latest of which is Omega’s own brand ambassador, violinist and Olympic hopeful Vanessa-Mae.
Mae started training six months ago with the aim of representing Thailand in the Giant Slalom at the Sochi Games, even becoming a citizen of Thailand in 2011.
She said: “This is the greatest show on earth and to be here – with Omega – is a dream come true and I have to pinch myself sometimes to realise that I’m not only dreaming, I’m living this. I have to say that the greats are here; I’m not here to compete against the best – I’m here to participate with the best, and that’s the real Olympic spirit and the message of this movement”
Mae began ski-ing at the age of four, at the same time as taking up the violin, an instrument she quickly displayed a prodigious talent for. By the time she was 13 years old she had toured internationally and recorded three classical albums.
Omega President Stephen Urquhart said: “Obviously we chose Vanessa because we really believe she embodies the OMEGA values. Every Olympic Games we invite some ambassadors, and here we have an ambassador with us who is not only known as a musician but who will also participate in the Olympics and this is something very special.”
Omega has an 80 year association with Olympic timekeeping and Sochi marks the 26th occasion the watch manufacturer has been Official Timekeeper of the Olympics.