Mexican Alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe has vowed to celebrate the culture of the nation of his birth by wearing a mariachi-themed race suit during the Sochi Olympics.
But now – as he is known to do – he has taken things one step further.
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While in Mexico to receive the flag he will carry as the country’s lone athlete during the Opening Ceremony next week, Hohenlohe performed with an authentic mariachi band and had them write song titles and lyrics on the race helmet he will wear during the men’s slalom competition on Feb. 22.
“It was a great time,” Hohenlohe said. “I sang ‘El Rey,’ ESPN Desportes was there, the Olympic Committee had a crew there, but they came and left too early otherwise we would have had the coolest time ever.”
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The 55-year-old prince of German descent will be the second-oldest Winter Olympian in history, and will be representing Mexico for the sixth time. His first Games were in Sarajevo in 1984.
Here are photos from the evening on the plaza, courtesy of Hohenlohe:
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The next Olympics, the Pyeongchang Winter Games, are in 530 days.
Organizers of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea published a time-lapse video of venue construction on Thursday.
The video shows updates for the main coastal Olympic Park, including short- and long-track speed skating, figure skating and hockey arenas, the sliding center in the mountains and the Olympic Plaza, which will house the Olympic Stadium for Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
As NBC News reported, one concern is a potential lack of natural snow, which 2010 and 2014 Winter Games organizers had to deal with as well. Man-made snow is always a safety-net option.
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An annual track and field meet in Rieti, Italy, about 40 to 50 miles from the hardest-hit areas from Wednesday’s earthquake and aftershocks that have killed at least 267 people, has been canceled in order to devote resources to recovery.
The meet was due to take place Sept. 11.
The Rieti athletics meeting has been held every year since 1971, highlighted by recent men’s world records in the 100m (Asafa Powell, 2007) and the 800m (David Rudisha, 2010).
Meet director Sandro Giovannelli said €60,000 (or about $68,000) generated from the Rieti meet the last three years would be contributed toward earthquake reconstruction efforts.
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