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Most interesting man in the world: Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe

 

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He is a German pop star who has put out eight albums, with his newest record featuring the single, "Higher Than Mars." He's also an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in galleries and commercial campaigns. Fluent in five languages, an heir to an automotive fortune and a former friend to Andy Warhol during the days of Studio 54, 55-year-old six-time Olympian Hubertus von Hohenlohe, ahem, Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe (he is a descendent of German royalty), is representing Mexico on the Alpine ski course in Sochi. He has never medaled, but von Hohenlohe is the second-oldest Winter Olympian ever in the history of the Games.

Von Hohenlohe is the real-life most interesting man in the world.

Although he grew up in Europe, von Hohenlohe was born in Mexico and spent the first four years of his life there. He has dual citizenship in Austria and the Latin American country, which allows him to represent Mexico at the Games.

[ Related: Check out Von Hohenlohe's Winter Games outfit ]

The prince began competitively skiing while a student in Austria, and at 21, he won the university downhill championship and then began participating in the World Cup circuit. In 1981, the citizen of the world founded the one-man Mexican Ski Federation and then represented Mexico at his first Winter Games in the 1984 Sarajevo Games. 

"I hope Mexicans are proud to have someone at the Olympics and, through that, hopefully they get to know who I am,” Von Hohenlohe told NBC.

Von Hohenlohe has become more known for his popular garb on the slopes than his final Olympic results, though. In Vancouver, he wore a ski suit inspired by Mexican banditos, which featured fake pistols and bandoliers. Last week, he showed off his newest outfit -- a Mariachi-style ski uniform that he will wear in this year's game. The skier said the suit is meant to pay homage for the country he is representing.

"We [in Mexico] are 100 million people and the only chance we have [of winning a medal] is up to me, but we don't have to look at it like that, you have to see it as I'm an ambassador of this country, an ambassador with style and a human force that goes beyond the result, " he told CNN.

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