Pop quiz: how many athletes will Mexico send to the Winter Olympics in Sochi?
Yep, you guessed it … one.
And that one man is the fantastically named Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg or simply Hubertus von Hohenlohe, if you happen to’re into the entire brevity thing. If the Internet is to be believed, he also data music beneath the name Andy Himalaya.
We’re lower than two weeks from the Opening Ceremonies. Virtually all of the headlines leading up to the Sochi Games have been damaging comparable to Russia’s anti-gay insurance policies, the corruption in constructing the venues and (most regarding) the persistent worries about terrorism. If we’re in search of someone to rally round, why not a 54-yr-outdated renaissance man who founded the Mexican Ski Federation in the early 1980s and can compete in his sixth Olympiad?
Check out this crooning music video he launched in 2013 titled “Higher than Mars.” Even David Hasselhoff may need a hard time getting through it with a straight face.
The fast biography: Prince Hubertus’ dad and mom – Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe and Princess Ira Fürstenberg — are German royalty (no matter that entails) however he was born in Mexico in 1959 while his father was in charge of a Volkswagen plant. He later moved to Spain when he was a toddler and spent most of his life in Austria where he learned to ski. Although he hasn’t spent much of his jet-setting life in Mexico, he can nonetheless symbolize the nation of his beginning on the Olympics, although it opted in opposition to sending him to Turin in 2006.
Over the years, Prince Hubertus has been a musician, photographer and all-around bon vivant. Naturally he spent the 1970s hanging out at Studio fifty four with Andy Warhol … as rich heirs to the Fiat fortune are wont to do. Reading his biography might be how Wes Anderson came up with the plot for the upcoming The Grand Budapest Resort.
In any case, we must always all be so lucky to start a one-man Olympic group on a whim, proper? At Sochi he’ll develop into the second-oldest Olympian in historical past.
Hubertus admittedly doesn’t spend very much time in Mexico — solely a couple weeks right here or there at a family home in Cabo San Lucas — but in an interview with Time in 2010 he mentioned he's proud to symbolize the nation of his beginning.
“In life you've gotten a few alternatives and openings,” the prince argues. “And one in every of them was that I used to be born in Mexico. Positive, I used it to my favor. However not in an abusive manner. You try to discover that little thing that makes a difference, and take advantage of them. I took benefit of it.”
Don’t worry, within the Prince’s thoughts his Olympic accomplishments — he positioned 38th within the downhill in 1984 — are helpful to Mexico, too.
“I’ve also created a variety of publicity in European nations for Mexico,” he says. “When persons are sitting of their houses in Sweden, thinking how chilly it's, they suppose, ‘Wow, this guy is from Mexico. Possibly I ought to go to Cancun or Acapulco to go to it.’ I’ve executed so much for the country too. It’s give and take.”
See, he’s actually a person of the individuals.
Life, it would seem, is all one private joke for Prince Hubertus, although it’s exhausting to tell if we’re alleged to be laughing with him or at him.
Oh right, what concerning the racing outfit he wore on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that featured bandoliers and pistols on it? Here’s what he mentioned about it: “The main factor was looking good. I gained. On artistic impression. Isn’t this the coolest go well with ever made? The design was my concept—I did it with an Italian designer in Turin. I call it Mexican Desperado.”
Shine on you loopy diamond.