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