We would like to introduce one of our most adventurous and courages talent, Nathan Crumpton
. As he heads of to prepare for Worlds and the Olympics for Skeleton, we thought it’d be a great time to check in with him and ask him a bunch of questions. You can read all about it here!
1. how many years have you been in skeleton and how did you find yourself competing in this?
The 2018-2019 season will be my 8th year in the sport. I saw skeleton on TV during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and thought it looked thrilling. I also figured it might be a suitable fit to my athletic skill set (as I was a Div I NCAA track & field athlete at Princeton) and my adrenaline seeking personality, so I went about trying out for the US Team.
2. what are your goals for this season?
The goal is to qualify for the 2019 World Championships in Whistler, Canada, in February. In non-Olympic years, World Championships is the biggest race of the season. Whistler is also the gnarliest track in the world, with wickedly technical turns and speeds that can exceed 90 mph. I’ve had good results in Whistler in the past, with a 7th place finish in the World Cup race there in 2016, and hopefully I can improve on that result and work my way even closer to the podium.
3. How many different cities/states/counties do you travel to/compete in?
The United States only has two tracks – one in Lake Placid, NY, and one in Park City, UT, – and Canada has two more (Calgary and Whistler), so I spend decent time at those locations. But there are nine more tracks in Europe, and much of my winter is spent there too. Through skeleton racing, I’ve been able to travel to Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, as well as PyeongChang South Korea. (I actually still hold the American 50m start record on the South Korean Olympic track.)
4. Can we catch you on tv somewhere this season? How can we tune in??
Yes! Skeleton races are usually two heats (except for World Championships and Olympics, which are four heat races). The first heats of World Cup races are streamed live & posted on YouTube, while the second heats are often aired on NBC Sports Network, or the Olympic Channel. And when my schedule allows, I also do the live TV color commentary for the women’s World Cup races, so you might be able to listen to me commentate a race too.
5. Are you a 2018 Olympic hopeful?
The 2018 Olympics already passed, and I didn’t compete, due to a herniated disc in my back that threw my season into disarray. But I’ve qualified for the USA National Team for the past 4 years, and am hoping to make it a 5th straight later this month.
6. Where are you ranked nationally?
The rankings can change a couple times per season, but my most common ranking during the last few years was as USA #2. At the 2016 World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, I finished as USA #1 and World #8.
7. how do you fin time to relax with such a busy schedule ?
By booking modeling gigs with SLU! Haha. I’ve actually done some really fun shoots through SLU, and even though it’s work, it’s also a chance to unwind a bit and meet some great people. I ski and snowboard at a high level too and so earlier this year, in March, I shot a bunch of winter ski, snowboard, and lifestyle shots with Moosejaw. With winter coming, those photos are just starting to be published, and last month I was their homepage model.
8. What’s your favorite exercise or go to move to keep in shape?
If I could only pick one exercise to perform for my skeleton career, it would be a clean pull (and its derivatives). The clean is a compound movement that promotes both strength and explosiveness, and it translates pretty well to pushing a heavy skeleton sled.
My cardiovascular conditioning is actually pretty weak compared to most other athletes. My purpose as a skeleton racer is to maximize speed and explosiveness for ~5 seconds while pushing the sled, and cardio or aerobic workouts are antithetical to that goal.
9. Anything else you want to add???
I work behind the camera too! I’ve been a photographer for over a decade, having started by selling photos from a server I ran out of my college dorm room at Princeton. Now I sell limited edition, fine art nature photos for clients looking for something nice to hang on their wall. My pieces range from 3 feet wide to massive panoramas that are 7 feet wide, and most of them try to capture a slice of inspiring natural beauty.