Thailand's Kanes Sucharitakul reacts after finishing the first run of the men's giant slalom the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

SOCHI SCENE: Thailand's other guy

February 19, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Thailand only has two Olympians - and one's getting most of the attention because she's also a pop star at home.

The country's other Olympian is Kanes Sucharitakul, an Alpine skier who was Thailand's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony and finished 65th in the giant slalom.

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.

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.''

- By Graham Dunbar -


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