Here's Why Mexico's Hubertus Von Hohenlohe May Be The World's 'Most Interesting Olympian'

Internet, meet Hubertus von Hohenlohe.

Recently dubbed the "most interesting Olympian" in the world, the alpine skier -- who will be the only person representing Mexico at the Winter Olympics in Sochi -- is not your typical athletic star.

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Mexico's Hubertus Von Hohenlohe passes a gate during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.

For one thing, von Hohenlohe, a six-time Mexican Olympian, is 55 years old, which reportedly makes him the second oldest person to ever compete in the Winter Games.

For another, he's German. And a prince. (Time magazine explains that von Hohenlohe is "a descendant of German royalty, the son of Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe and Princess Ira Fürstenberg.")

According to NBC News, von Hohenlohe, who was born in Mexico City, is also very, very accomplished. He's reportedly pursued a career as a pop singer -- performing under the names "Andy Himalaya" and "Royal Disaster." He's also described as a "world-class" photographer, a businessman and an heir to an automobile fortune.

And if that all wasn't enough to make the Internet implode, von Hohenlohe has also announced that he'll be wearing this mariachi-themed costume when he competes in Sochi:

Though von Hohenlohe, who has reportedly never finished better than 26th at the Olympics, will likely not earn a medal at the approaching games, he told NBC News that he's hoping to clinch the title of "best dressed" at the sporting event.

"[It's€œ] a medal I need so urgently," he said.

The prince has certainly got our vote.

For more on this fascinating man, go to Hubertus Von Hohenlohe's personal website.



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