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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, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


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Monday, Nov. 3


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Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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