If Jamaica can have a bobsled team, why can’t Mexico have a skier present at the Winter Olympics? One of the more interesting characters at the Winter Olympics in Sochi is Alpine skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe-Langenburg of Mexico, a man whose life story should be the subject of a Forrest Gump/Most Interesting Man In The World-style film.
Von Hohenlohe was born in Mexico City on Feb. 2nd, 1959 to Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (full name: Alfonso Maximiliano Victorio Eugenio Alexandro María Pablo de la Santísima Trinidad y Todos los Santos zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg) and Princess Virginia (Ira) of Furstenberg (born: Her Serene Highness Princess Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina of Fürstenberg).
His family traces its royal lineage back to a principality which is now part of modern-day Germany, hence the royal titles.
Alfonso and his wife lived in Mexico City at the time of Hubertus’s birth, where Alfonso was the head of a Volkswagen factory. Feel free to make a “from prince to pauper” joke. There was also an added irony that Princess Ira is an heir to the Fiat Group.
Hubertus lived in Mexico City until the age of four, when he and his family moved to Spain. He was raised there and studied in Austria, but he’s claimed many times that he feels much more “Latin” than anything else.
Hubertus von Hohenlohe-Langenburg’s other professions
Throughout the years, he’s taken a few interesting jobs. He’s a businessman as his late father before him, an avid photographer as evidenced by the galleries on his website, and also a Pop music singer by the names Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster. The latter proves he has that Mexican self-deprecating sense of humor down real well.
However, he also took up skiing while in Austria. Skiing is to Austria what soccer is to Mexico. Rather than switch citizenship, he decided to ski for Mexico going so far as to found the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981. Since then, he’s appeared in 15 world championships. Sochi will be his sixth Olympics event suiting up for the red, white, and green.
In case there is anyone out there who questions his devotion to his birth country, Hubertus will wear a very special ski outfit designed specifically for him. The outfit is, I assume, the only one of its kind: a skiing mariachi onesie.
The odds are against Hubertus, but at least he’ll look good going down the slope.