Fans of topless, oiled Pacific Islanders are likely to be disappointed after Tongan taekwondo and cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua, the hero of the country 2016, ’18 and Last year’s Tokyo Olympicssaid he will not go to Beijing Games.
But surprise! He will appear in the parade of nations on Friday, but another topless athlete in indigenous clothing, Nathan Crumpton, carries the flag of American Samoa, a territory of the United States.
A Princeton Man, Crumpton ran the 100 meters in Tokyo last year, finishing last in the preliminary heat. For these Olympics, Crumpton will compete in skeletons, becoming the 140th athlete to compete in both summer and winter sports in the Olympics, matching Taufatofua’s feat. .
Crumpton trained in Park City, Utah, as well as a model and photographer.
Taufatofua created a sensation in Rio de Janeiro when he showed up carrying the Tongan flag in his native attire, topless and covered in coconut oil, with a glittering sculpted torso. He then appeared on “Today” and the hosts enthusiastically re-lubricated him.
He tried his hand at cross-country skiing in 2018 and returned to compete in taekwondo last year in Tokyo. He never takes it too seriously, but his good nature, seriousness, and good body have made him attract a lot of fans.
He said he will skip the 2022 Olympics, in part so he can help with disaster relief in his country, which was hit by a devastating tsunami following an eruption. volcano last month.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/sports/olympics/shirtless-opening-ceremony-nathan-crumpton.html Nathan Crumpton is the new shirtless athlete, the Inaugural Athlete