Mexico from 13 Unexpected Countries at the Winter Olympics

13 Unexpected Countries at the Winter Olympics

Mexican Olympic Committee
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Although Mexico City hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics, the semi-tropical country has never been known as a player in the Winter Olympics. Mexico sent a team in 1928, but skipped every Winter Games until 1984. Enter the alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe, a German prince and “the most interesting Olympian in the world,” who was Mexico’s sole representative at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. Thirty years later, the 55-year-old von Hohenlohe will be making his sixth appearance in the Winter Olympics—the fourth of which he'll be the only member of the team. Born in Mexico, raised in Spain and schooled in ski-crazy Austria (where he’s now based), von Hohenlohe chooses to represent his birth country because, well, he doesn’t have much competition: “In life you have a couple of opportunities and openings," he told Time Magazine in 2010. "And one of them was that I was born in Mexico. Sure, I used it to my favor.” Look for von Hohenlohe competing in the men’s slalom in his flamboyant mariachi-themed uniform.