His shirtless appearance at the Opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics drew global attention: Princeton graduate and former model

2022-06-21 0 By

During the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4, American Samoa’s flag bearer went shirtless in -5℃ temperatures, sparking a global debate online.Many comments on the social media site Twitter praised the athlete, saying he showed “a different Olympic spirit”.According to foreign media reports, the athlete is Nathan Crumpton (36 years old), is the only American Samoa athlete to participate in this Winter Olympics.He competes in skeleton, also known as skeleton, which is an extension of traditional bobsleigh.Due to its high speed, head-down and dangerous features, the skeleton bobsled was withdrawn after the 1948 Winter Olympics and only re-entered the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.Crumpton was shirtless at the Opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, wearing only a short calico apron and sandals in traditional attire, with his skin covered with oil to protect his muscles.His garb contrasted sharply with the volunteers flanked by thick jackets and gloves.The phrase “American Samoa flag bearer” has been tweeted more than 300 times during the opening ceremony, and photos of the shirtless athlete have gone viral.Many foreign netizens praised him for being “brave” and “bold” and braving the cold to show “a different Olympic spirit”.Mr Crumpton, who was born in Kenya and graduated from Princeton University in the US, is a former model and sports enthusiast.He is also an award-winning photographer, represented at David Pfau Photo Gallery in Breckinridge, Colo.Crumpton took up sledding in 2011 after attending the 2010 Olympics.According to the athlete’s official profile, he “earns his living by modeling and talent work” and describes him as “an avid skier, snowboarder and mountain biker.”In fact, Crumpton isn’t the first athlete to go shirtless at the Olympics.Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua won a global Internet following with his first naked appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Taofatoa competed in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics and, after qualifying as a cross-country skier, repeated her feat at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.While Taufatoia was not attending the Beijing Games, he tweeted a photo of Crumpton at the opening ceremony that night with the caption, “American Samoa holding the fort.”Nandu reporter Shi Minglei