Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Tongan flagbearer goes shirtless again for Opening Ceremony in freezing temps

Tonga’s flagbearer goes topless again for Winter Olympics opening Pita Taufatofua representing Tonga in 2016 and today in 2018
Shannon Reynolds | 09 February, 2018, 16:04

He will become just the second Tongan to compete in the Winter Olympics, following in the footsteps of for luge competitor Bruno Banani.

Pita Taufatofua repeated his antics from the 2016 Rio Olympics when he carried the Tongan flag during the opening ceremony. But he will certainly be opting for warmer clothing at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium than he did in Rio. Wearing a traditional ta'ovala, slathered in coconut oil and carrying the Tongan flag, Pita Taufatofua made everyone weak in their knees looking at his ripped muscles and toned body. "It's going to be freezing, so I will be keeping nice and warm".

"I want to still be alive for my race".

That didn't stop Taufatofua from repeating his sensational entry at the opening ceremony.

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If nothing else, Taufatofua, who used to strap planks of wood to his feet to recreate the rigours of cross-country skiing in sweltering Australia, will have put the South Pacific island of Tonga on the map at the Winter Games.

But he's in South Korea, only a little more covered up this time. According to his personal website, the Australian-born 34-year-old spent "his whole adult life working in homeless shelters with the underprivileged to show and teach people the power of self belief". "I mean, how many countries in the Pacific get to go to a Winter Games?"

Since his Rio moment, he has turned down movie offers.

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