Thai Olympian Vanessa-Mae banned over fixed Sochi qualifiers

Thai Olympian Vanessa-Mae banned over fixed Sochi qualifiers – Bangkok Post, November 12, 2014
…The findings by the International Ski Federation exposed as a sham what many fans thought was a feel-good celebrity Olympic story.
In February at the Sochi Games, the celebrity musician who was raised in Britain, raced for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the last name of her Thai father. She finished last of 67 racers in the two-run giant slalom.
On Tuesday, FIS also banned five officials from Slovenia and Italy for between one and two years for their role in the scandal.
…FIS said its hearing panel “found to its comfortable satisfaction” that the status of four women’s giant slalom races were manipulated in January in Slovenia, a few weeks before the games.
FIS detailed several rule-breaking incidents that rigged results to help Vanessa-Mae falsely improve her results near the Olympic entry deadline…

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