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Sochi Prince to Compete in Mariachi Speed Suit

Published: February 3, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • Mexican skier Hubertus Von Hohenlohe reveals his Mariachi speed suit.
    Photo: AP

Mexican Winter Olympian Hubertus von Hohenlohe doesn't always ski, but when he does, he does so in a suit designed to look like a mariachi band member.

Von Hohenlohe, who is descended from the royal family of a German principality, appears to be continuing his challenge to the Dos Equis spokesman as the most interesting man in the world by competing in his sixth Olympic Games in the flamboyant costume.

The ski suit features the black bolero, ruffled white shirt and red cummerbund traditionally worn by the Mexican folk musicians, the athlete told NBC.

Though von Hohenlohe, who is 55, did not finish in the top 40 of either the slalom or giant slalom events at the 2010 Olympics, he is known for his interesting outfits and told reporters in Vancouver, "I'm a Renaissance Prince in the snows of Canada, so please don't look at my time — just look at my styyyyyle."

Von Hohenlohe, who was born in Mexico City and will be the country's only Winter Olympian at Sochi, grew up in Spain and also has citizenship in Austria and Liechtenstein.

Besides skiing, the royal descendant is also a professional photographer and has taken up pop music after being inspired while befriending Andy Warhol.

One of von Hohelohe's suits during Vancouver was designed to look like a Mexican desperado.





 


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Friday, Dec. 26


Celebrate Boxing Day by playing various tabletop games during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening tonight at 5 p.m. Spread the Christmas cheer and goodwill by making other people regret their decision to come and try to match their intellectual prowess against yours.



Saturday, Dec. 27


Indulge cultural and material needs simultaneously during the free classical music concert at the Galeria shopping mall in the heart of the city. Starting at 7 p.m., shoppers and mallwalkers will be able to hear the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Strauss softly lilt over the constant buzz of people bustling from store to store, trying to get their shopping done before New Year.



Sunday, Dec. 28


Prepare for the holidays at the Russian Winter New Year’s Fair on Moskovskaya Ploshchad, which concludes today after starting on Dec. 22. Games and attractions as well as numerous performances will be on offer for those looking to get into the spirit while numerous vendors will help make sure you have something for everyone on your list.



Monday, Dec. 29


Learn how the Swedes observe Christmas, or Jul, in their land of ice and snow, during aSwedish Christmas celebration at the Lermontov Children’s Library this afternoon at 4 p.m. Activities explaining and demonstrating Sweden’s cultural traditions will be accompanied by traditional dishes and sweets.



Tuesday, Dec. 30


Today is the final day of the Christmas Market at the Europolis shopping center on Polyustrovsky prospekt. Indulge your holiday sweet tooth by tucking into some gingerbread men, or attend one of the master classes that will teach you about how to make beautiful, festive decorations for your tree using only your hands.



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