Mexicans honour Day of the Dead
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.