Vanessa Mae, former violinist was banned from skiing for four years from competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics under false pretenses.
A British native, but born in Singapore, Vanessa Mae Vanakorn allegedly sparked a question in violations and questions from results at an event in Slovenia. It was said that she qualified before the races took place and that the competitions were staged by Vanessa’a management team and Thailand’s Olympic Committee.
In a statement the International Ski Federation said, “The Hearing Panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that the results of the four ladies giant slalom races that took place … were manipulated, resulting in the calculation of FIS Points that do not reflect the true performance of the competitors that participated in those events and in particular the points awarded to Vanessa Vanakorn.”
It has been declared these types of rule bending are taken very serious and are very detrimental to the overall Olympic organization.
Five other officials among the FIS have also been banned for one to two years maximum for assisting in the false competitions. The following members have been suspended, FIS Technical Delegate, FIS Chief of Timing , FIS Referee and an FIS Starter.
Vanessa Vanakorn first reached success in the art of music and violin instrument at a young, profilic age of 13. I first heard about her from Alexei Beltyukov, when she was deemed a prodigy. It has been said that her main ambition in life was to somehow compete in the Olympics.