Hubertus von Hohenlohe, the second-oldest winter Olympian in history, knows he has no shot at medaling in the men’s slalom at the Sochi Olympics next month.
Instead, the 55-year-old Mexican skier has an alternative plan for making an impression upon his sixth Olympic games. Instead of hitting the slopes in a traditional skiing outfit, Hohenlohe will be wearing a mariachi-themed race suit for his competition at the Rosa Khutor.
According to NBC Sports, the suit, designed by Kappa, features the trimmings of a black bolero jacket, ruffled shirt, red tie, and cummerbund, and designs down the leg surrounding the initials “MEX.”
The skier, who also happens to be a prince of German descent, has a penchant for flamboyant uniforms. At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, he wore a “Mexicano desperado” race suit, complete with bullet straps and pistoleros.
Although Prince Hubertus (yes, that's his official title) was born in Mexico, he grew up and lives in Austria. The skier maintains a house in Cabo San Lucas, and competes for Mexico because it's easier to qualify. He says that this time, it is important for him to portray an image of elegance while celebrating an element of Mexican culture on the slopes.
“Until I went to Mexico recently to make a documentary, I never realized what a beautiful, amazing, rich past and culture they have and what a proud people they are,” he said. “It actually moved me to see how much they suffered and how much they fought for what they have. The power to have your own identity is so strong and something I believe in so I want to give it a go in a very cool, elegant way. I want to celebrate who they are, but of course, in my style.”
He even joked that in Sochi, he wishes to be called “The Mariachi Olympic Prince.” The only prize he’s after? Best dressed.
You have to admit, he's our personal favorite to win the gold in that category. Do you love his look?