There were the usual racial politics. Australian TV commentator Jacqui Cooper got called a racist for saying of Chinese Olympians that “They all look the same, they're very hard to tell who's who.” She hastened to claim she was talking about their jumping technique.” [Daily Mail, February 15, 2018]
February Whew – that was a close one.
Rare black skater Shani Davis lost the coin toss to be the American team’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. The coin toss result obviously being a result of racism, Davis had no choice but to boycott the ceremony. [Black US Olympic Athlete Plays Race Card – Skips Opening Ceremonies After He Is Not Chosen to Carry US Flag by Jim Hoft Gateway Pundit, February 9, 2018]
Indeed, the whole Winter Olympics is racist, according to Mary Pilon at The Outline: Winter sports are for rich white people [February 7, 2018].
And in a small way, there was the usual gringo-bashing from the Hispanosphere. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory which (paradoxically, as I have pointed out) has its own Olympic team, was composed of a whopping total of one skier, a certain Charles Flaherty. He was born on the U.S. mainland, moved to Puerto Rico at nine, and now divides his time between the two.
Mexico, sent four skiers to the Olympics. But how Mexican were they?
Here they are:
Significantly, neither Rodolfo Dickson nor German Madrazo nor Robert Franco has a Wikipedia page in Spanish, although each has one in English. That means that no Spanish speaker thought it was important enough to set up a page in Spanish about these skiers. (Sarah Schleper does have a Wikipedia page in Spanish, but it’s much shorter than her English-language page).
Another important presence at these Olympics made his mark on the Mexican team: the one and only Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, European aristocrat, dual citizen of Liechtenstein and Mexico, founder of the Mexican Ski Federation.
This flamboyant aristocrat has competed for Mexico in six Winter Olympics, in four of them was a one-man team. Von Hohenlohe has never won an Olympic medal, but then his motto was “If you cannot win, then at least be stylish.” Pictured right: Von Hohenlohe his self-designed Mariachi-themed 2014 Olympics ski uniform.)
Von Hohenlohe tried out for the Mexican team this year and didn’t make it, but he still contributed by designing the Day of the Dead skiing costumes used by some of the team (see here, or above) and was at the Olympics to cheer them on.
Just so you know that Von Hohenlohe is not some dilettante aristocrat, note that he is a serious social critic, having released a protest song against President Donald Trump. He says:
I am having a go at the idea that Trump is trying to build a wall and put a boundary between Mexico and the United States.That’s funny. I thought there already was a boundary between the U.S. and Mexico. But then again, it hasn’t been guarded well, so maybe Von Hohenlohe is making an honest mistake.
Winter Olympics 2018: Mexico's colourful Day of the Dead uniforms are haunting, By Cindy Boren, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb. 12, 2018
Then the scion of the House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg gets downright philosophical.
"We go to the Olympics and (it's) all peace and cheesy and 'how much we love each other.' And (yet) there is this very barbarian thing of putting up a wall. So, I made a song and it is coming out on exactly the day that we walk into the (opening ceremony) of the Olympic Games."It’s entitled “Austin” and has a catchy tune but it seems more like a tourist promotion video than a protest song, portraying scenes of Austin, Texas, with Von Hohenlohe driving around in a Silverado with a cowboy hat on.
He sings “Let me take you to the town where Mr. Trump wants to build his wall”—although Austin is 236 miles away from International Bridge #2 at Laredo.
But the biggest Trump-basher on Team Mexico: American-born and raised Colorado native, Sarah Schleper—the only one on the team residing in Mexico.
A cynic might say that Sarah Schleper, who is approaching 40, is a past-her-prime skier and on the Mexican team because it’s much easier to qualify for than the US team. But let’s not say that. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. After all, she has married a Mexican man and has a family with him.
But why the Trump-bashing? She says
I know that Mexico has been affected by Donald Trump and with the idea of building his wall. But for me it [competing in the Olympics] it is a way of uniting the Mexicans who live in the United States also. [Sarah Schleper, derribando muros “Sarah Schleper: Overthrowing Walls, by Saul Trujano, Excelsior, January 31, 2018She goes on
I compete for the Mexicans who are in the United States and for those who live here [Mexico]. I compete for all Mexicans.In other words, Schleper has bought the official Mexican line that Mexicans in America owe allegiance to them.
The skiers of the Mexican Winter Olympics team actually appear pretty American/ Canadian. But they still demonstrate the ominous power of Mexican nationalism. A certain amount could be opportunism. But my impression is that their strong identification with Mexico is real.
Now multiply the Mexican skiers with millions of Mexicans in the United States.
How many of them feel more Mexican than American?
What’s that mean for the long-term viability of our American nation-state?
Have we really thought this thing through?
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.