Mae’s mother is Chinese and her father British, of Thai descent. She grew up in Singapore and the UK, but will ski for Thailand under qualification rules that allow any country without a skier in the top 500 to send one man and one woman to the Olympics.

She joins a long list of athletes from warm-weather countries who participate in the Winter Olympics, a combination that has rarely resulted in medals but has earned plenty of publicity for participants recognition such as the Jamaican bobsledding team, British ski jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, and Costa Rican cross country skier Arturo Kinch.

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