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
With a slalom win today in Aspen, Colo., Mikaela Shiffrin broke some of the barriers she had been chasing.
En route to her fourth consecutive slalom World Cup title – which would tie the record for the most with Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider from 1992-95 – she became the first female skier to win four World Cup slalom races in a row since Austria’s Marlies Schild did it in the 2011-12 season.
In addition, Shiffrin became the first female skier from the U.S. to win a slalom World Cup race in Aspen. And she’s now tied with France’s Perrine Pelen for sixth overall with total slalom World Cup victories.
“I was pissed after I made that ridiculous mistake yesterday,” Shiffrin said to media, referencing yesterday’s giant slalom crash. Both her and Lindsey Vonn crashed and did not finish in Aspen’s giant slalom. “I tried to use that anger today.”
Shiffrin called the mistake a “brainfart” and Vonn dismissed it because “giant slalom isn’t [her] strongest event.”
Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second behind Shiffrin, followed by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.
By finishing behind Shiffrin in Aspen, Zuzulova extends her slalom World Cup podium finish streak to four.
Hansdotter has the second-most second place World Cup slalom finishes at 13 total, including today’s race. Only Pernilla Wiberg, of Sweden, has more with a total of 14.
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TURIN, Italy (AP) – Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali has failed to qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.
The 41-year-old Vezzali was eliminated in the second round of the foil event at the Trofeo Inalpi meet Saturday, while Italian teammate Arianna Errigo reached the semifinals and gained the necessary points to qualify.
Vezzali won at least one gold at the last five Olympics in either individual or team foil. She has a total of nine Olympic medals and 25 at world championships.
Her second son was born in 2013, the year in which she also became a member of Italy’s parliament.
Vezzali told the Gazzetta dello Sport this week that “I had another son and it was really difficult to come back. … I don’t think I have anything else to prove.”
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