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Ryding wins historic silver at Kitzbuhel

Dave Ryding. Credit: PA

Dave Ryding claimed Britain's first World Cup alpine medal since 1981 with silver in the men's slalom at Kitzbuhel in Austria on Sunday.

Ryding held a lead of 0.29 seconds over Italy's Stefano Gross after the first run, with Gross then crashing out early in the second run.

That left home favourite Marcel Hirscher as the man to beat, but 30-year-old Ryding lost his advantage of 1.02secs and eventually finished 0.76s adrift.

Ryding's season-opening sixth place in Finland had been the highest finish by a British skier since Alain Baxter's fourth place in Sweden in 2001, while a British World Cup alpine medal had not been won since Konrad Bartelski's downhill silver in Val Gardena in Italy in 1981.

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae banned over fixed Olympic races

Vanessa-Mae has been banned from participating in any ski events worldwide for four years. Credit: PA

Violinist Vanessa-Mae has been banned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) for four years for taking part in fixed races to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

A hearing panel looked into the qualifying results that saw Mae qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year and ''found to its comfortable satisfaction'' that results of four giant slalom races were manipulated.

Mae, representing Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, qualified weeks before the start of the Olympics in February after managing to reach the required standard during four races in Slovenia in January.

Violinist Vanessa-Mae performing on stage. Credit: PA

An official FIS statement read: " The Hearing Panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that the results of the four ladies giant slalom races that took place on 18th and 19th January 18 2014 at Krvavec (SLO) were manipulated."

The panel then issued the following sanction to Mae: "Vanessa Vanakorn (Mae), Athlete, four year ban from participation in any FIS sanctioned events worldwide."

Mae finished last at the Sochi games, in 67th place, almost a minute behind the winner.

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