Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

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Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Alpine skier
Hubertus von Hohenlohe 2015 (cropped2).jpg
Hohenlohe in 2015
DisciplinesDH, SG, GS, SL, combined
Born (1959-02-02) February 2, 1959 (age 63)
Mexico City, Mexico
World Cup debutDecember 12, 1981
Teams6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 2010, 2014)
World Championships
Teams19 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
World Cup

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, until the early 19th century, reigned over the territory of Hohenlohe-Langenburg in what is now northeastern Baden-Württemberg, Germany.[1]

Life and family[edit]

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.

Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg was born as the second 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 maternal grandparents were Prince Tassilo of Fürstenberg (1903–1987) and Clara Agnelli, and his maternal great-grandparents were Prince Karl Emil of Fürstenberg (1867–1945) and the Hungarian Countess Maria Mathilde 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 per year there. He is fluent in several languages and grew up in Europe, mainly Austria.

He had a brother named Christoph (1956–2006) and has two half-sisters, Princess Arriana Theresa of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b. 1975) and Désirée, Countess d'Ursel (b. 1980). 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 a first cousin of the late Prince Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 19th Duke of Medinaceli. He is married to Simona Gandolfi, cousin of the famous Italian skier Alberto Tomba.[4]

He acted as co-producer for Yello and Shirley Bassey's 1987 collaborative single "The Rhythm Divine".[5] He has work on display with the Art of the Olympians.[6] He hosts the travel show Hubertusjagd on Redbull TV.[7]

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.[8] He first skied for Mexico at a Winter Olympics at the 1984 games in Sarajevo, and he managed to finish 26th in slalom. After the 1984 Winter Olympics, Hohenlohe managed to participate in 1988, 1992, and 1994 Games.[9] 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.[8] 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.[10]

He came back to competition in 2009 and competed in his 12th World Championship, the 2009 Alpine Skiing World Championships.

He 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).[11] At 51, he was the oldest athlete at the games.[12] He also competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics,[13] where he was Mexico's sole athlete again. He participated in slalom but did not finish after a fall during the first run.[14]

In 2015, he was joined by Sarah Schleper on the Mexican ski team, doubling its size,[8] at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of that year.

Hohenlohe, affectionately called El Príncipe, mooted retiring for 2017,[8] but instead decided to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[15] 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.[16][17][18][19] He failed to qualify for the 2018 Olympics, but designed the race suits for the Mexican alpine skiers.[20]

World Championships results[edit]

Hohenlohe participated at 19 editions of FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, from Schladming 1982 to Cortina 2021, from the age of 23 up to 62.[21]

Age Slalom Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1982 23 26 37 41 47
1985 26 26 40 28
1987 28 34 56 50 46
1989 30 26 51 63 35
1991 32 46 56 51
1993 34 42 42 41
1996 37 42 73 68 42
1997 38 41 62
1999 40 DNF
2001 42 55
2003 44 60 76
2005 46 60 38
2009 50 62 DNS2 (QUAL)
2011 52 69 DNS2 (QUAL)
2013 54 DSQ1 (QUAL)
2015 56 46 78 (QUAL)
2017 58 DSQ DNF (QUAL)
2019 60 76 (QUAL) 100 (QUAL)
2021 62 DNF (QUAL) DNF1




  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. Archived from the original on February 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ "Mexikos Skifahrer tritt in Sotschi als Mariachi an". N24 Nachrichten. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Prince Hubertus zu Hohenlohe: Blue Hunter".
  5. ^ "Yello Featuring Shirley Bassey – The Rhythm Divine". Discogs. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Art of the Olympians | Hubertus von Hohenlohe".
  7. ^ "Hubertusjagd | A hunt for the world's most fascinating places". Red Bull TV. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  8. ^ a b c d Tik Root (6 March 2015). "Mariachi Man: Prince Hubertus and the Mexican ski team he helped create". Sports Illustrated.
  9. ^ Victor Mather (17 November 2017). "Nigeria Has an Olympic-Level Bobsled Team, and Tonga Had a Luger". New York Times.
  10. ^ "Ski Racing Media".
  11. ^[dead link]
  12. ^ "Ivan Šola je sa 47 godina među "starcima" Igara".
  13. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (2 January 2014). "Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe of Mexico will be second oldest Winter Olympian ever". NBC Olympic Talk. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  14. ^ Olympics Mexican mariachi von Hohenlohe crashes out slalom Global Post, retrieved 28 February 2014
  15. ^ "Mexican prince eyes title as oldest Winter Olympian ever". AOL. 23 February 2017.
  16. ^ Adriana Terrazas (31 October 2017). "'Tres' company for the Mexico ski team in the Winter Olympics". ESPN.
  17. ^ "Tres mexicanos acudirán a Pyeongchang 2018" (in Spanish). Esportes.MX. 18 May 2017.
  18. ^ "México estará presente en los Juegos Olímpicos Invernales de 2018" (in Spanish). 11 August 2017.
  19. ^ Carlos Alberto Cruz (23 February 2017). "México con cuatro o cinco atletas a Pyeongchang 2018". El Big Data.
  20. ^ Boren, Cindy (11 February 2018). "The Mexican Olympic ski team's Day of the Dead uniforms will haunt you". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ "Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, a 62 anni il suo 19° Mondiale!" (in Italian). 9 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
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Lillehammer 1994
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Vancouver 2010
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Sochi 2014
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