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||17 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)|
|Medals||0 (0 gold)|
Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβert̪us ruˈðolf su oẽnˈloe.lãŋxẽmˈburɣ]) 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.
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. He is first cousins with Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Hohenlohe founded the Mexican Ski Federation in 1981. 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. 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.
von Hohenlohe, affectionately called El Príncipe, mooted retiring for 2017, but instead was attempting to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. If he competes, that would make him the oldest Winter Olympian ever, at age 59. Another two hopes for Alpine Mexico, aside from Hubertus, and Schleper, are Rodolfo Dickson and Jocelyn McGillivray. Additionally, two more hope to represent Mexico, Robby Franco in freestyle skiing, and Sandra Hillen in snowboard.
|Ancestors of Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg|
- 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.
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|Flagbearer for Mexico