The whole Internet was wondering if he was cold. He was of Chinese descent!

2022-05-01 0 By

At the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, American Samoa’s Nathan Krupton was eye-catching enough.Naked from the waist down and covered in body oil, American Samoa athlete Nathan Krupton marched into the stadium carrying his country’s flag in -5°C temperatures.It quickly caught everyone’s eye.It is worth noting that Nathan, who participated in the Tokyo Olympics just a few months ago, also has Chinese ancestry, thepaper.cn reported.Born in Kenya to a mother of Chinese and Polynesian descent, Nathan grew up spending much of his childhood in Africa before moving to Australia, the US and finishing high school in the US.Nathan Krupton was born on Oct. 9, 1985, and was a student at Princeton University.In 2021, he competed in the men’s 100m at the Tokyo Olympics and ran 11.27 seconds.It was the second fastest time for an American Samoa athlete at the Summer Games.In addition to being an athlete, Nathan Krupton was a sports photographer for the Daily Princeton Newspaper.In December 2021, he published a 553-page book called Alpha State: A Nonfiction Novel.Nathan Krupton won American Samoa’s first winter sports gold medal at the 2019 North America Cup.He missed the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because of injuries.But this year, he will be competing at the Beijing Olympics.At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Nathan took part in the men’s 100m and ran 11.27 seconds, but finished last in his group and missed the next round.Even so, 11.27 seconds was the second fastest time ever recorded by a Chinese Samoa athlete at the Summer Games, and Nathan was chosen to carry the flag for American Samoa at the closing ceremony.After finishing in Tokyo, Nathan Krupton has been working hard to prepare for Beijing 2022 — he raced in his first bobsled race in 2014, finished fifth in the World Cup in 2016,American Samoa won its first winter sports gold medal at the 2019 North America Cup.”I’m really looking forward to Beijing. The biggest problem is that I’ve lost a lot of weight from the sprints and I need to get it back into the skeleton bobsled.”Nathan was blunt about the fact that two sports require different body types, that track and field changed his shape, and that he needed to get back to being on a steel bobsled as soon as possible — which may sound tough, but if you know Nathan’s life, you know this is a man who has always loved different challenges.Nathan was an NCAA triple jumper and the third-best triple jump in Princeton university history. Before that, he had never done sprinting, but Nathan revealed that he was always willing to try different sports.”I played hockey, rugby and squash when I was younger, and I was willing to try every sport I could get my hands on, which created a great athletic foundation for me to deal with two different sports as an adult.”Nathan first became aware of steel bobsled when he watched the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was hooked. “Seeing it on TV, I thought it was the coolest sport I’d ever seen in my life,” he says.Nathan then spent several years working on the skeleton bobsled with great success — his Olympic debut would have been in 2018 and he was ready to compete in PyeongChang, but a bulging lumbar disc injury put him out of the running.”There was a time when I couldn’t face the reality and I did everything I could to try and qualify and it was heartbreaking and I had to run away from myself for a while.”Seven months and two Olympics later, after a three-year slump, Nathan made his Olympic debut in a 100-meter race instead of a skeleton bobsled.Nathan’s decision to run in the 100 meters for American Samoa stemmed from his belief that it would be easier to qualify for the Olympics.He was more excited than ever to move from Tokyo to Beijing. “Both rely on fast-twitch muscles and require a lot of speed and power. I think there’s probably 50 percent overlap, but there’s still a lot of different technical work to do between the upright sprint and the bent sprint.”No one else in American Samoa is competing with Nathan for a spot in Beijing, but he still needs to meet Olympic standards, such as breaking into the world’s top 60.Nathan is currently tied for 25th in the world and may not make it to the podium in the steel bobsled, but his Olympic aspirations are moving, as he said himself:”I’m 36 years old, I’m at the end of my career, I’m past my peak, and I’m still able to go to two Olympics in about seven months, which is pretty tough and pretty cool.”In addition to being an all-around athlete, Nathan has also worked as a sports photographer for The Daily Princetonian.In December 2021, he even published a 553-page book called Alpha State: A Nonfiction Novel.Sources: Jimu News (reporter Hu Li), The Paper (reporter Chen Jun)