By Nick Butler

Vanessa Mae has appealed to CAS against a ruling that has seen her stripped of her Sochi 2014 result ©Getty ImagesViolinist turned skier Vanesse Mae has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Ski Federation's (FIS) ruling that she helped "manipulate" races in order to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Mae, who represented Thailand under her father's surname Vanakorn and finished 67th and last in the giant slalom event, was alleged to have competed in four fixed qualifying races in Krvavcu, Slovenia, in order to qualify for the Games.

The 36-year-old was handed a four-year ban by the FIS last month, after which she vowed to appeal the decision.

CAS confirmed today they "have received two appeals from Ms Vanessa Vanakorn, filed against the decisions taken by the Hearing Panel of the FIS on November 6, 2014 and by the FIS Council on November 18 2014, in relation to her qualification for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games".

Vanessa Mae waves to the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of Sochi 2014 ©Getty ImagesVanessa Mae waves to the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of Sochi 2014
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The two FIS decisions relate to her alleged involvement in the fixed races, as well as he consequent annulment of her result in Sochi.  

"Two arbitration procedures have been opened and are being conducted in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration," the statement added, with CAS not commenting any further at this stage.

Mae, who was born in Singapore but lives in London, has described the sanction against her as "nonsensical", adding that she believes "suffering a nasty experience can be turned into positive inspiration".