Mexico’s Olympic Skiing Team Is Competing in Día de Muertos Suits

Lead Photo: Photo by Enrique Garcia/ iStock / Getty Images Plus
Photo by Enrique Garcia/ iStock / Getty Images Plus
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Though athleticism is usually the focal point of the Olympics, fashion has increasingly started to fill our timelines. This year alone, the Ralph Lauren-designed gloves the United States’ delegation wore inspired hella memes and the shirtless Tongan flag bearer once again went viral. And though Mexico’s only sent two people to compete in skiing, the small team has already made a huge impact with its clothing. Rodolfo Dickson and Sarah Schleper are competing in custom-made Día de Muertos-inspired suits. Designed by Hubertus von Hohenlohe – a German prince and pop singer who represented Mexico at six Winter Games – the outfits feature large skulls throughout.


Von Hohenlohe, who was born in Mexico while his father ran a Volkswagen plant, failed to become this year’s oldest Olympian, but he managed to make his own mark this year. The skier is known for his own unique outfits (he dressed like a mariachi in 2014).

Both Dickson and Schleper don’t have typical connections to Mexico. Dickson was born in the country but adopted by Canadian parents. Meanwhile, Schleper is from the United States and competed for her native country. She is married to a Mexican citizen and has dual citizenship.

Dickson is hoping that the Mexican team will grow in the next few years. “I don’t live in Mexico but I am very proud of the place where I was born,” Dickson said, according to The Washington Post. “I really want to start something new. There are a lot of young guys in Colorado who could represent Mexico, so in a few years I hope there will be a big team and athletes capable of being really successful.”