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Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's Flag-Bearer, Is Still Shirtless And Shinier Than Ever

Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's Flag-Bearer, Is Still Shirtless And Shinier Than Ever

Just like he did two summers ago, Pita Taufatofua marched into the stadium wearing a traditional Tongan skirt, and no shirt.

Pita Taufatofua has reprised his role as Tonga's shirtless flagbearer with a courageous entrance at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

"After the Summer Games, I said, 'You know what?"




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

The sister of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance. After Rio, he rejected various offers of modelling gigs and film roles, choosing instead to ponder his next big challenge. Despite living in a nation with no snow, he qualified for the Winter Games in cross-country skiing. "I did my best but I fell short each time and I thought there's one race left, it's at the end of the world". Nordic sports are not exactly a cakewalk and even top athletes cross the finishing line and collapse in a heap gasping for air. Temperatures may have been in the high 20s, but Taufatofua was again in native garb, which means being shirtless and oiled again.

Taufatofua had to battle through four Olympic cycles before becoming Tonga's first Olympic taekwondo competitor at Rio 2016, so making it to "PyeongChang was simple by comparison". The goal at Rio was to win a medal, so Tokyo 2020 is on my radar. "I love all sports, it could be anything".


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