Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg : biography
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.
A son of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, Hubertus was born in Mexico when his father worked at a Volkswagen factory. His grandmother is half Mexican, according to a story in Time magazine. He lived in Mexico 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. He only spends a few weeks in Mexico a year, in Cabo San Lucas, but he has Mexican nationality which makes him eligible to compete for Mexico. He is fluent in several languages and grew up in Europe, mainly Austria, of which he is also a citizen. Hohenlohe has a brother named Christoph. He currently resides in Liechtenstein.
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).http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-alpine-skiing/athletes/hubertus-von-hohenlohe_ath1056076cr.html At 51, he was the oldest athlete at the games.http://www.vecernji.hr/sport/vijesti/ivan-sola-je-sa-47-godina-medu-starcima-igara-clanak-99893
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