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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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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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