Mex­i­cans hon­our Day of the Dead

Ottawa Citizen - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

Mex­ico’s Olympic ski team in Pyeongchang may be small, but it’s mighty. That will hap­pen when Death is your com­pan­ion on the slopes. The coun­try’s two Alpine skiers in the Win­ter Games are wear­ing out­fits that carry a “Day of the Dead” theme, an homage to the coun­try’s fa­mous Dia de los Muer­tos, a hol­i­day on which fam­i­lies and friends pray for and re­mem­ber those who have died. The out­fits, which fea­ture colour­ful, be­jew­elled and be­flow­ered skulls on a black back­ground, fol­low in the tra­di­tion of Hu­ber­tus von Ho­hen­lohe, 59, who de­signed them and rep­re­sented Mex­ico in six Win­ter Games. Von Ho­hen­lohe also hap­pens to be a prince as well as a skier, pho­tog­ra­pher, busi­ness­man and pop singer known as Andy Hi­malaya and Royal Dis­as­ter. Von Ho­hen­lohe’s fam­ily reigned over a prin­ci­pal­ity in what is now the north­east­ern of Baden-Würt­tem­berg in Ger­many un­til the early 19th cen­tury and he spends most of his time in Europe. He was el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for Mex­ico be­cause he was born while his fa­ther, Prince Al­fonso, was run­ning a Volk­swa­gen plant there. Von Ho­hen­lohe failed in his at­tempt to be­come the old­est win­ter Olympian this year.

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