Violinist Vanessa-Mae‘s four-year skiing ban for taking part in rigged qualifying races to reach the Sochi Olympics was overturned Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld her ineligibility to compete in the 2014 Winter Games.
Vanessa-Mae, who skied in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, was banned four years by the FIS on Nov. 11 for taking part in “manipulated” races that got her into the Winter Games. More details on the manipulated races here.
In the ruling, the court said it “could not find, to its comfortable satisfaction, evidence of any manipulation by Vanessa Vanakorn herself that justified the guilty finding and the imposition of a four-year ban.”
In Sochi, she was last among 67 finishers in the Olympic giant slalom, 11.35 seconds behind the 66th-place finisher and 50.1 seconds behind winner Tina Maze.
Vanessa-Mae, 36, called the ban “nonsense” in November and said she would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Vanessa-Mae sold in excess of 10 million albums since her 1995 debut, according to the Guardian. She began playing violin at age 5 and was a child prodigy, one year after she started skiing.