The Shirtless, Oiled-Up Tongan Flag-Bearer Is Back


Pita first got worldwide attention when he went shirtless and flashed his rock-hard abs as the flag-bearer during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

The taekwondo competitor became an instant star during those games and this year he's back, this time competing in cross-country skiing.

And just like previous Olympics, Taufatofua's greased-up entrance at the opening ceremony lit up social media.

He also crowdfunded his journey and qualified on the last day of the Olympic trials, Teen Vogue reported.

Tonga's only previous entrant at the Winter Olympics was Fuahea Semi, who finished 32nd out of 39 in the men's luge in Sochi four years ago. I said no, I'm going to wear what my ancestors wore to war for 1000 years. Wearing a traditional Tongan costume and with nothing covering his torso except a lot of shiny oil, he joyously waved his country's flag before competing (and losing) in taekwondo.

"Olympic opening ceremony tonight!"

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The Shirtless, Oiled-Up Tongan Flag-Bearer Is Back

It's now 31-degrees in PyeongChang, South Korea, but don't tell that to Pita Taufatofua, 34.

The shorts are cute, but keep in mind this is an award for "tropes" I'm handing out here - you know, as in more than one.

"But what it is, is that I don't give up". So with that in mind, take a closer look at the both the amount of athletes Bermuda has and the formation they're in.

"I want to make sure that I can at least make it to my race and that I'm not frozen to death, so I have to stay warm at the opening ceremony".

Tonga, a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 islands, is better known for its rugby prowess. Whether it's during qualifying events or within the Olympic Village, how often do conversations about politics come up between athletes, and how are they handled?

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