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PARK CITY — Park City resident Nathan Ikon Crumpton is an accomplished nature photographer, but his true passion is skeleton, and he hopes to someday compete in the Winter Olympics.
Crumpton said he did track and field in college, competing in the long and triple jump. However, it wasn't until he graduated that he discovered the sport of skeleton.
"I thought it was just a thrilling opportunity," he said. "I came out here to Park City to see it in person and thought I just had to give it a try."
Crumpton fell in love with the fast-paced winter sport and qualified for the U.S. skeleton team in 2011 and has competed with them ever since.
He said he has worked as a photographer for the past 10 years and uses his art to financially support his skeleton training. While Crumpton sells many of his photographs in a gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado, he is holding his first limited-edition exhibit Thursday evening to showcase several signed photos he took of Utah landscapes.
Crumpton has also dabbled in videography and created several thrilling videos of his skeleton runs.
"I just have a lot of fun doing it," he said. "I get my GoPro out and have a blast. I've started doing point-of-view videos of tracks from all around the world from Austria and Germany to Canada, then of course, Park City."
With good ice conditions, Crumpton said he can travel up to 80 miles per hour on the Park City skeleton course, all with his face only 2 inches above the ice. However, he said he feels very confident on the course.
"This is my home track here in Utah, and I've got more runs here than anywhere else in the world," he said. "I really enjoy the track. It has a great rhythm. It has a great flow and I've got a lot of confidence and a lot experience here."
Crumpton hopes to compete on the U.S. team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.