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Throwback: Mexico’s evergreen and unlikely Prince of the slopes

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Hubertus Von Hohenlohe of Mexico competes in the Men's Slalom during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on February 19, 2017 in St Moritz, Switzerland.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Few Winter Olympians, if any, can boast to being as colourful as the superbly named Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Better known as Hubie, the skier has represented Mexico at six Olympic Winter Games, his most recent foray coming at Sochi 2014 when he fell on his first run in the slalom and so failed to finish the course and qualify for a second run.

At the age of 55 at those Games, he became the second oldest Winter Olympian.

Remarkably, his Olympic bow came at the 1984 Games in which the likes of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skated their way to gold along to the music of Ravel’s Bolero.

Today, he remains a whirlwind, hosting a TV show in Austria, as well as performing as a photographer and artist, once stating, “I am a street artist without a street”. He’s also been known to sing too.

On the slopes, he boasts all manner of colourful attire. At Vancouver 2010, he dressed as a Mexican bandit – controversial attire that wasn’t universally well received – while in Sochi he opted for a Mariachi-style skiing suit.

His Olympic record is mixed. He finished roughly halfway in the slalom field at Sarajevo 1984 in a very admirable 26th place.

Previously, von Hohenlohe-Langenburg has formed the Mexico Olympic Winter Games team, but a number of new faces have emerged on the scene in recent years.

He qualifies to ski for Mexico, where he was born while his father run a Volkswagen car plant there – before he moved to Spain at the age of four.


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