CELEBRITY VIOLINIST VANESSA MAE BANNED FOR FAKING HER WAY INTO SOCHI OLYMPICS

Nov 11, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Acclaimed violinist Vanessa Mae is coming in for some international criticism – in another of her high-profile pursuits.

The multi-million seller has been banned from competitive skiing for four years – after taking part in races that were fixed – and allowed her to qualify for the Sochi winter Olympics.

The International Ski Federation has also banned five race officials from Italy and Slovenia for up to two years – for their part in the scandal.

Vanessa Mae skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing giant slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
FIS detailed several rule-breaking incidents that rigged the results to help the then 35-year old musician to falsely improve her racer status – close to the Olympic entry deadline.

Mae was raised in Britain – and at the Sochi games in February, the celebrity musician raced for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn – using the name of her Thai father.

She finished dead-last in the field of 67 – in the two run giant slalom.

Vanessa Mae is allowed to appeal the ruling to The Court of Arbitration For Sport.

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