Hubertus von Hohenlohe

Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe of Mexico will be second oldest Winter Olympian ever

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You may remember the name Hubertus von Hohenlohe from the Vancouver Olympics.

The German prince of Mexican descent competed for Mexico in Alpine skiing four years ago. At age 51, he finished 46th and 78th in two Alpine skiing events.

NBC Olympics’ Joe Battaglia tracked down the prince, who is the most interesting Olympian in the world.

Von Hohenloe — short for Hubertus Rudolph von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe-Langenburg — has qualified for his record-tying sixth Winter Games in Sochi.

He is set to be the second oldest Winter Olympian ever (via Bill Mallon of OlympStats.com).

Carl August Kronlund, a Swedish curler, won a silver medal at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games (the first Winter Olympics) at age 58.

Von Hohenlohe will also break the record in Sochi for longest span of appearances at the Winter Olympics. With his 2010 appearance, he tied the record held by Costa Rican Arturo Kinch, an Alpine skier from 1980 to 2006 (also via Mallon).

Von Hohenloe’s medal chances are dim. Mexico has never won a Winter Olympic medal. The prince has never finished better than 26th in 14 Olympic ski races dating to the 1984 Sarajevo Games (he missed the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics).

Skater goes from ER to third Olympic team

Mikaela Shiffrin likely to return next week

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Mikaela Shiffrin will probably race the next World Cup slalom in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, next Monday, according to the Denver Post.

Shiffrin, 20 and the reigning Olympic, World and World Cup slalom champion, has been out since suffering a right MCL tear and a bone fracture in a Dec. 12 warm-up crash.

Her timetable for a return this season has shifted in the last eight weeks.

The rescheduling of a canceled Jan. 31 slalom for next Monday changed her previous plans to return the final weekend of February, according to the report.

“Our goal is to have her be really close to 100 percent, if not 100 percent [before competing],” said Shiffrin’s mother, Eileen, in an earlier Denver Post report. “We’ve heard all these horror stories about athletes who went back too soon and then sustained injuries that did end their careers.”

The World Cup season concludes March 20. There are four slaloms left on the calendar, and Shiffrin trails slalom standings leader Frida Hansdotter by 305 points.

A winner receives 100 points per victory, so Shiffrin could take her fourth straight World Cup season title, but it would all but require her to win all four remaining slaloms and for Hansdotter (and others) to struggle.

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Tony Parker plans to play in Olympic qualifying, Rio Games

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Tony Parker said he plans to play in both Olympic qualifying in July and the Rio Games in August, according to L’Equipe.

Parker, 33, previously said he could miss the tournaments this summer, at least in part due to his wife’s pregnancy, according to French media.

Parker said his wife is due in late July, which would fall in between France’s Olympic qualifying tournament (July 4-10 in the Philippines) and the Rio Games (Aug. 6-21).

Parker led France at the 2012 Olympics with 15.7 points per game. The French lost two games in London, to the gold medalist U.S. in group play and silver medalist Spain in the quarterfinals.

Parker led all players with 19 points per game at 2013 EuroBasket, won by France.

In September, Parker and France fell in the EuroBasket semifinals to Spain in a winner-goes-to-Rio game.

The defeat forced France to a last-chance, winner-take-all, six-team Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines in July.

In the Philippines, France will face a field that includes Canada, which had nine NBA players on its roster (including Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins) at August’s FIBA Americas yet was stunned in a winner-goes-to-Rio game by Venezuela, which had zero NBA players.

France is likely to be without Chicago Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah this summer as he underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery in January and hasn’t played a major tournament for the national team since 2011 EuroBasket.

Other French NBA players include Charlotte Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw and Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier.

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