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Mexico’s Winter Olympics Team

10 February 2010

Team Photo: Sayn-Wittgenstein Collection, Austria

Team captain, mascot, flag-bearer and pivot man on the alpine ski team (ok… the whole danged Mexican contingent) is Prinz Hubertus zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Ok, he’s got a weird name for a Mexican jock — unlike, say  Cuauhémoc Blanco or Zudikey Rodríguez or Alfredo Xeque.   “Prinz Hubertus”  may not roll off the tongue as easily, but he’s as Mexican as they come.

The Hohenlohe’s weren’t all that different from  other Germans who fled the Nazis for a secure new life in Mexico. Ok, so they left a castle behind, but c’mon, they still were expected to fit in and get a job and get on with their lives.  Like immigrant families in Mexico before and since, the Hohenlowes eked out a living based on what they brought from the old country and adapting it to Mexico.  Although, I admit, families that drop  Prinz or Prinzessin in front of their names aren’t exactly the eke-ing kind, they at least did have to dirty their aristocratic fingers with proletarian commerce.

Like Jorge Tabe, the humble Iraqi food vendor of 1930s Puebla, whose native  “donkerrey” became thoroughly Mexicanized as tacos al pastor within a generation, the humble little Volkwagen bug the Hohenlowes started selling in the 1950s (and then manufacturing), in Puebla were, within a generation, an iconic Mexican product.

Asked about the Mexican Winter Games budget (zero pesos), Prinz Hubertus said, “taking about money is so vulgar.”  Come to think of it, even not-filthy rich Mexicans DON’T talk about money in public.  It IS vulger.  Besides, the guy has sufficient resources.  His own, and from “sponsors” — a word he said in English. Dropping English words, is also very Mexican, at least for a “junior”.

A “junior” is a guy from a rich family — which Hubertus certain is —  not a youngster.  They’re usually dicks, but pretentious (and usually mispronouned and misused) English words and all, they’re Mexican dicks.

Hubertus is fifty-one years old and has bad knees.  It’s all downhill from there, but he’s a skiier, anyway.  Anyway, Mexicans respect age, and tend to disregard little things like physical limitations when they take on a job, and there’s something unMexican about retiring early.

And, then again, so is working abroad — there’s not much skiing in Mexico, so Hubertus has been training in Finland, Lebanon and Canada.  ¡Muy Mexicano!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Trujillo permalink
    10 February 2010 8:51 am

    Now that’s funny!

  2. Mary O'Grady permalink
    10 February 2010 9:12 am

    Hey, if the Jamaicans can have a bobsled team, why not?

  3. otto permalink
    10 February 2010 9:22 am

    Bless!

  4. 10 February 2010 12:39 pm

    The Mexican bobsled team just keeps coming up short in its qualifying attempts, although they have a modern push-track – to practice the fast starts needed for a run – in Guadalajara’s Parque Revolución Deportivo.

  5. 10 February 2010 5:28 pm

    I’m sure all our guys are just trembling in their pricey boots. But whatever!

  6. 12 February 2010 8:00 pm

    That’s way funny! Viva Mexico…

  7. darren permalink
    12 February 2010 8:02 pm

    curious, what was the coat that was worn by your olympic flag bearer at the opening ceremonies in Vancouver? totally unique and looked fantastic.

  8. Dana permalink
    13 February 2010 9:27 am

    excuse me, can you mention more on the efforts that he is making to compete and olympic history and less on the laughing matter,it just makes the point,on why the mexicans don’t take it seriously on supporting the winter olympics, and instead caring more that at least one guy is competing for the country

  9. ace permalink
    15 February 2010 2:41 pm

    Hilarious, made my day!!!

  10. Mexdale permalink
    18 February 2010 12:49 pm

    I have seen first hand what Mexican people can do with nothing.(everything) I cannot see what makes this such a laughing matter.Take a good hard look in the mirror.Half of you laughing idiots would probably not last a week outside of your compound hotels.MEXICO-PARADISE

  11. Anonymus permalink
    21 February 2010 7:02 am

    are you kidding me? who wrote this crap? Juniors that are dicks and mispronounce words?….

    you need to refine your research and check your sources mate…

    there is actually many Mexican juniors that receive a proper education and even have better writing skills, grades and dedication that many Americans who think that Taco Bell is part of our traditional diet.

    Get a life son….

  12. Ana permalink
    27 February 2010 7:57 pm

    I am a Mexican who appreciates humor, and I though this article was very funny. All in all, the article is pretty accurate. True, not all “juniors” are dicks or mispronounce words, but some are and do. Also, you can’t blame Mexicans for not being the most involved country in winter Olympics…we don’t get snow!!
    That Mexicans can do many things with very little is one of our strengths, but so is laughing at ourselves.
    Laugh a little and cheer for Prinz Hubertus!

  13. Miguel permalink
    16 March 2010 12:08 pm

    You forgot to mention the fact that his grandmother was part Mexican… And that there are many descendants of European Royalty and nobility in Mexico currently… it’s nothing new, its been going on for centuries. There are descendants of Spanish royalty, French & English nobility, even the last King of Italy has Mexican descendants. Same with Mexican/Aztec royalty in Europe… one of Moctezuma II’s descendants married a Bulgarian crown prince, etc.

  14. 16 March 2010 12:26 pm

    Actually, I have written on Mexican and Latin American descent among the European royal families several times. I wasn’t aware of the Montezuma connection to the House of Savoy or to the Bulgarians, so much thanks for the information.

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