Olympic Skier Vanessa-Mae Cleared of Race Fixing Allegations

Jury still out on her violin playing.

British violinist/Olympic skier Vanessa-Mae was cleared by the International Skiing Federation (FIS) of allegations she helped fix alpine skiing races to qualify for the Sochi Olympics. However, her 67th-place finish in the giant slalom, also known as last place, will not stand.

Olympic skier Vanessa-Mae playing the world's saddest song on the world's wettest violin. PHOTO: Courtesy of vanessamae.com.
Olympic skier Vanessa-Mae playing the world’s saddest song on the world’s wettest violin. PHOTO: Courtesy of vanessamae.com.

The 36-year-old skier, who competed in Sochi for her father’s native country under the name Vanessa Vanakorn, was suspended alongside four Slovenian judges after reportedly fabricating race results to help her qualify for Sochi. Now, the legal big wigs say there was no direct evidence to implicate her in the scandal.

In an interview with the BBC, Vanessa-Mae says she is happy to have “had the guts to stand up” to the International Skiing Federation. She also stuck out her proverbial tongue and called them bullies and the investigation a sham. Perhaps she’ll take a page from Taylor Swift’s book and turn the bad blood into fodder for her musical career.

News organizations covering the announcement have been continuously referring to Vanessa as “the professional violinist,” nay Olympic skier, probably due to the fact she was the wealthiest young entertainer in the UK in 2006—something you’d definitely want to put higher on your resume than last place Olympic finisher. (If she could demonstrate her ability to multi task by playing her violin while skiing, employees would be totally impressed).

Vanessa-Mae is now free to try to qualify for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, should she choose. Maybe that’s where she’ll find the destiny she’s whispering about in her music video below.
—Sierra Davis