Violinist Olympic Skier Vanessa-Mae Cleared of Race Fixing Allegation
Violinist-turned-Olympic-skier Vannesa-Mae has had her 4 year ban overturned by the International Skiing Federation – after being accused of race fixing false Olympic qualifying times in 2014.
On November 6 last year, an International Ski Federation hearing ruled that the results of four giant slalom qualifying races, that took place on the 18th and 19th of January 2014 at Krvavec, Slovenia were falsely inflated to artificially boost Vanessa-Mae’s qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Whilst the Court of Arbitration for Sport today ruled there was no direct evidence to implicate Mae in the fixing and cleared her of all allegations, it did however identify a number of serious irregularities with her qualifying process.
The 36 year old classical violinist, who competed in the giant slalom for Thailand at the Sochi Games finished last of 74 competitors in the ladies’ two-run giant slalom.
The International Ski Federation also, last year banned five officials from Slovenia and Italy for between one and two years for their role in the fix.