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Vanessa-Mae’s Sochi result reinstated, eyes 2018 Olympics, reports say

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae‘s last-place result from the Sochi 2014 Olympic slalom was reinstated, and she may try to compete in a second Olympics in 2018, according to British reports.

Vanessa-Mae, who skied in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, was banned four years by the International Ski Federation on Nov. 11, 2014, for taking part in “manipulated” races that got her into the Winter Games.

That ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June, when 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.”

But, in June, her 67th-place finish from the Sochi Olympic slalom was not reinstated.

Now, Vanessa-Mae is again an Olympian after the International Olympic Committee reinstated her result, according to the Daily Mail and the BBC, with the BBC reporting she plans to return to ski competition in March and wants to compete in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics.

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.

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Vanessa-Mae’s four-year skiing ban overturned

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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.

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Vanessa-Mae faces retroactive Olympic ban

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae‘s name could be “erased from the list of participants” at the Sochi Olympics if her four-year ban for taking part in rigged qualifying races holds up through her appeal, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said, according to German press agency DPA.

“She would be excluded from the Olympic Games retroactively, and her name erased from the list of participants,” Bach told Germany‘s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, according to DPA.

Vanessa-Mae, who skied in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, was banned four years by the International Ski Federation (FIS) on Nov. 11 for taking part in “manipulated” races that got her into the Winter Games.

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” last week and said she would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Vanessa-Mae is also part of a working group for the IOC’s Agenda 2020. Bach said she has not taken part in any group meetings, and that he had not considered taking her off the group, according to the German report.

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