Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Alpine skier
Hubertus von Hohenlohe - Amadeus Awards 2013.jpg
DisciplinesDH, SG, GS, SL, combined
Born (1959-02-02) February 2, 1959 (age 60)
Mexico City, Mexico
World Cup debutDecember 12, 1981
Teams6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 2010, 2014)
Medals0 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams17 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals0 (0 gold)
World Cup
Overall titles0
Discipline titles0

Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβeɾt̪us ruˈðolf su oẽnˈloe.lãŋxẽmˈbuɾɣ]) is a Mexican Alpine skier, photographer, businessman, and a pop singer known as Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster. He belongs to a family which reigned over a principality in what is now the northeastern of Baden-Württemberg in Germany until the early 19th century.[1]


Coats of arms of the principality of Hohenlohe; 1: Holy Roman Empire; 2: unknown; 3: county of Hohenlohe; 4: county of Gleichen; 5: county of Langenburg.

A son of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, Hubertus was born in Mexico City, Mexico where his father ran a Volkswagen factory. His paternal grandparents are Prince Tassilo of Fürstenberg (20 June 1903) and Clara Agnelli, and his paternal great-grandparents were Prince Karl Emil von Fürstenberg (1867-1945) and the Hungarian Countess Mária Matild Georgina Festetics de Tolna (24 May 1881– 2 March 1953). His grandmother is half Mexican.[2] 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.[3] His uncle Prince Max von Hohenlohe competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics. He was first cousin of late Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Hubertus acted as co-producer for Yello and Shirley Bassey's 1987 collaborative single "The Rhythm Divine".[4]

Hubertus has work on display with the Art of the Olympians [5]

He hosts the travel show Hubertusjagd on Redbull TV.[6]

Sports career[edit]

The athletes from Mexico entering the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Hohenlohe founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981.[7] He first skied for Mexico at a Winter Olympics at the 1984 games in Sarajevo, and managed to finish 26th in slalom. After the 1984 Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe managed to participate in 1988, 1992, and 1994 Games.[8] 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.[7] Since 1982, he has participated in 15 World Championships and set a World Record.[citation needed] 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.[9]

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).[10] At 51, he was the oldest athlete at the games.[11] He also competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics,[12] where he was Mexico's sole athlete again. He participated in slalom but did not finish after a fall during the first run.[13]

In 2015, he was joined by Sarah Schleper on the Mexican ski team, doubling its size.[7]

von Hohenlohe, affectionately called El Príncipe, mooted retiring for 2017,[7] but instead decided to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. [14] Another two hopes for Alpine Mexico, aside from Hubertus, and Schleper, are Rodolfo Dickson and Jocelyn McGillivray. Additionally, three more hope to represent Mexico, Robby Franco in freestyle skiing, Sandra Hillen in snowboard and German Madrazo in Cross-country skiing. [15][16][17][18] He failed to qualify for the 2018 Olympics, but designed the race suits for the Mexican alpine skiers. .[19]




  1. ^ He possesses dual citizenship in the country of his birth, Mexico, and in the country of his legal domicile, Liechtenstein. While Mexican law does not recognize nobility or hereditary titles, Liechtenstein recognizes both.
  2. ^ "Why Is a German Prince Skiing For Mexico?". Time. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ "Mexikos Skifahrer tritt in Sotschi als Mariachi an". N24 Nachrichten. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Yello Featuring Shirley Bassey – The Rhythm Divine". Discogs. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
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  6. ^ "Hubertusjagd | A hunt for the world's most fascinating places". Red Bull TV. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. ^ a b c d Tik Root (6 March 2015). "Mariachi Man: Prince Hubertus and the Mexican ski team he helped create". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ Victor Mather (17 November 2017). "Nigeria Has an Olympic-Level Bobsled Team, and Tonga Had a Luger". New York Times.
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  12. ^ Zaccardi, Nick. "Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe of Mexico will be second oldest Winter Olympian ever". NBC Olympic Talk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  13. ^ Olympics Mexican mariachi von Hohenlohe crashes out slalom Global Post, retrieved 28 February 2014
  14. ^ "Mexican prince eyes title as oldest Winter Olympian ever". AOL. 23 February 2017.
  15. ^ Adriana Terrazas (31 October 2017). "'Tres' company for the Mexico ski team in the Winter Olympics". ESPN.
  16. ^ "Tres mexicanos acudirán a Pyeongchang 2018" (in Spanish). Esportes.MX. 18 May 2017.
  17. ^ "México estará presente en los Juegos Olímpicos Invernales de 2018" (in Spanish). 11 August 2017.
  18. ^ Carlos Alberto Cruz (23 February 2017). "México con cuatro o cinco atletas a Pyeongchang 2018". El Big Data.
  19. ^ Boren, Cindy (11 February 2018). "The Mexican Olympic ski team's Day of the Dead uniforms will haunt you". The Washington Post.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Jesús Mena
Flagbearer for  Mexico
Lillehammer 1994
Succeeded by
Nancy Contreras
Preceded by
Paola Espinosa
Flagbearer for  Mexico
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
María Espinoza
Preceded by
María Espinoza
Flagbearer for  Mexico
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Daniela Campuzano