Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
|— Alpine skier —|
|Disciplines||DH, SG, GS, SL, combined|
February 2, 1959 |
Mexico City, Mexico
|World Cup debut||December 12, 1981|
|Teams||6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 2010, 2014)|
|Medals||0 (0 gold)|
|Teams||15 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013)|
|Medals||0 (0 gold)|
Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City) is a Mexican Alpine skier, photographer, businessman, and a pop singer known as Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster. He is descended from the reigning dynasty of a former principality in what is now Germany. Under Mexican law nobility titles are not recognised, even in those cases of dual citizenship.
A son of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, Hubertus was born in Mexico City, Mexico where his father ran a Volkswagen factory. His grandmother is half Mexican. He lived in Mexico for the first four 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. Although he has Mexican nationality, which makes him eligible to compete for Mexico, he only spends a few weeks a year there. He is fluent in several languages and grew up in Europe, mainly Austria. Hohenlohe had a brother named Christoph (1956–2006) and has two half-sisters (Arriana Mara and Désirée). He currently resides in Liechtenstein, of which he is also a citizen. His uncle Max von Hohenlohe competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics.
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 to participate 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 15 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.
Hubertus was the sole athlete in the Mexican team 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. He also competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where he was Mexico's sole athlete again. He participated in slalom but did not finish after a fall during the first run.
- "Why Is a German Prince Skiing For Mexico?". Time. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Mexikos Skifahrer tritt in Sotschi als Mariachi an". N24 Nachrichten. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- Zaccardi, Nick. "Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe of Mexico will be second oldest Winter Olympian ever". NBC Olympic Talk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- Olympics Mexican mariachi von Hohenlohe crashes out slalom Global Post, retrieved 28 February 2014
|Ancestors of Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg|
|Flagbearer for Mexico