Flamboyant Skier To Don A Skin-Tight Mariachi Suit To Race In The Sochi Olympics
ALPINE skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, who turns 55 on February 2nd, qualified to represent Mexico in the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi but knows that it’s unlikely that he’ll win a medal. Instead, for his sixth and probably last chance to compete in the Olympic games, he is attempting to win big style points. As a way to celebrate Mexican culture, the flamboyant athlete –who is already known for his unique fashion choices– will don a skin-tight mariachi-themed suit as he flies down the hills of Rosa Khutor.
The Prince’s snazzy fashion choice was designed by sportswear brand Kappa and looks like a traditional black suit worn by members of a mariachi band, complete with the white ruffled tuxedo shirt and red cummerbund and tie.
Interestingly, he is Mexico’s only representative at the Olympics and, while born in Mexico City, he moved away with his family when he was four. By being born there, this descendant of German royalty is able to compete in the Olympics as a representative of Mexico.
He says, “Until I went to Mexico recently to make a documentary, I never realized what a beautiful, amazing, rich past and culture they have and what a proud people they are. It actually moved me to see how much they suffered and how much they fought for what they have. The power to have your own identity is so strong and something I believe in so I want to give it a go in a very cool, elegant way. I want to celebrate who they are, but of course in my own style.”
As if being an eccentric Olympian wasn’t enough, he’s also a businessman, pop singer (performing under the name “Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster”), and “world-class” photographer.