He's Back! Tonga's Shirtless Flagbearer Makes His Pyeongchang Olympics Debut

Feb 11, 2018, 04:57
He's Back! Tonga's Shirtless Flagbearer Makes His Pyeongchang Olympics Debut

Less than two years later, he is representing Tonga again, and yet again making history as the country's first athlete to ever compete in the cross-country ski event. Pictured: The Olympic rings are seen at the Alpesia Cross Country Centre during previews ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 4, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. He became popular during the opening ceremony of the Rio Games when he carried his countries flag into Maracanã Stadium shirtless.

"The dream this year was to qualify and to qualify in the year, that was the impossible dream - I guess I'm going in without pressure", he says.

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Aside from trying to come up with the money to fund expensive skis - Taufatofua has been using rentals for the past year - plus flights and travel costs, the biggest challenge has been losing weight. So, Taufatofua quit his job as a social worker and embarked upon intensive training as a cross-country skier - undeterred by the minor fact that he had never previously seen snow.

"I am actually quite a private person...there's a lot of stuff that I keep private".

Let's be real, though, the dude totally just made the leap to a winter sport to give us all what we didn't even know we were desperately missing in our lives.

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"This was the last day of the qualification process, this was my last race possible and we did it", the Australian-based athlete said.

Pita Taufatofua braved the bitter cold to go topless at the ceremony, where real-feel temperatures were down at minus 10 degrees Celsius.

A brief review of his Instagram account reveals that Pita appears to enjoy spending his time shirtless despite cold weather, so the opening ceremonies must have been a walk in the park for him!

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He's just the second Tongan to ever compete in the Winter Olympics.

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