Topless, Oily Nathan Crumpton Steals Show at Olympic Opening Ceremony

  • Nathan Crumpton is the lone athlete at the Beijing Olympics representing American Samoa.
  • Crumpton walked the Parade of Nations shirtless with an oily upper body.
  • Crumpton is competing in skeleton in Beijing. He previously ran the 100-meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony once again featured an oily, shirtless flag bearer.

At the opening ceremony for Beijing 2022, Nathan Crumpton, representing American Samoa, walked out as the lone athlete representing his nation, with no shirt and a oily upper body.

A shirtless Nathan Crumpton carries the American Samoa flag at the Olympic opening ceremony.

Nathan Crumpton is competing in skeleton at the Beijing Olympics.

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Of course, since Rio in 2016, Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua has filled the role of oily, shirtless flagbearer at each Olympics. However, Taufatofua is not in Beijing and has been helping relief efforts from a tsunami that hit Tonga.

Crumpton is a 36-year-old who is competing in skeleton. He also competed at the Tokyo Olympics in the 100-meter sprint.

According to his Team USA biography, Crumpton was born in Kenya, but later moved to Utah to ski and snowboard. He fell in love with skeleton after watching it in the 2010 Olympics. He also ran track at Princeton University.

NBC’s Mike Tirico said during the ceremony that Crumpton is also a model and photographer.

Crumpton immediately won some fans for the brave move — Tirico said temperatures are in the 20s at Beijing, with a windchill that makes it feel like the teens.


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