Vancouver Olympic Games: Mexico's Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe
Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, 51, finished the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Creekside on February 27, 2010 with a time of 1:02:09 + 14:30 in 52nd place.
von Hohenlohe, who registered his nickname as ¨Prince¨ before the Canadian Olympic Committee, finished in the 86th place before Pakistan, San Marino and India. This finish was 8 places ahead of his first descent.
His accumulated time in Men's Giant Slalom was 3:11:47, leaving him 17.23 seconds behind the winner, Carlo Janka, from Switzerland who maintained first place throughout.
von Hohenlohe was the sole athlete in the Mexican team, carrying the flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He participated in two alpine skiing disciplines, the Men's Giant Slalom (78th) and the Men's Slalom (46th). At 51, he was the oldest athlete at the games.
von Hohenlohe's Ski Racing History
Hohenlohe founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981 and first skied for Mexico at a Winter Olympics at the 1984 games in Sarajevo. After the 1984 Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe managed to participate in three more Olympic Games. He qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, but the Mexican Olympic Committee decided not to send a one-man team to the Winter Games that year.
Hohenlohe has stated that the only reason why he continues participating is because it seems that the "exotic skiers" (those from countries without a tradition in winter sports) are disappearing, and that he wants to keep that tradition alive.
Since 1982, he has participated in 13 World Championships and set a World Record. Hohenlohe was expected to retire following the 2007 Alpine Skiing World Championships, after breaking his leg during a World Cup slalom race on January 28, 2007, eliminating him from the competition in Åre.
He came back to competition in 2009 and competed in his 12th World Championship, the 2009 Alpine Skiing World Championships. Mexican athletes pay their own way and therefore tend to be wealthy individuals who can afford travel to colder climes.
Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe's Bio
von Hohenlohe cwas born in Mexico city on the 12th of February 1959, son of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira von Fürstenberg of Germany.
von Hohenlohe is a photographer, businessman and a singer known both as Royal Disaster and Andy Himalaya. His father worked at a Volkswagen factory. His grandmother is half Mexican, according to a story in Time magazine.
The fact is, von Hohenlohe is a talented skier who has somehow met the Olympic qualifying standards at 51 — and it was infinitely easier for him to do that as an athlete from Mexico where no one skis, than from Austria, where the sport is a national obsession and the competition is cutthroat. Is von Hohenlohe simply a rich heir toying around the Alps, and using a poor country to reach the Olympics?
He lived in Mexico the first 4 years of his life and then moved to Spain. He later studied in Austria and his main residence was in Vienna, where he works as a photographer and artist. He only spends a few weeks in Mexico a year, in Cabo San Lucas, but he has Mexican nationality, which makes him eligible to compete for Mexico.
He is fluent in several languages and grew up in Europe, mainly Austria, of which he is also a citizen. Hohenlohe had a brother named Christoph. He currently resides in Liechtenstein.