Tongan flag bearer goes shirtless again for Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Pita Taufatofua showed up sans shirt once again to give his fans what they wanted as the flag-bearer for his country, Tonga, during the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games.

Pita Taufatofua, who introduced himself to the world by marching into Rio de Janeiro's Opening Ceremony slathered in coconut oil, maintained the suspense all the way to subfreezing Pyeongchang.

Pita competed in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics and will be competing in cross-country skiing in PyeongChang. At the Summer Games, he was the first athlete to ever represent Tonga in taekwondo. I said I was going to keep as warm as possible.

Aside from trying to come up with the money to fund expensive skis - Taufatofua has been using rentals for the a year ago - plus flights and travel costs, the biggest challenge has been losing weight.

"I was so far behind all these professional skiers that I thought: 'wow, this is so hard, what have I gotten myself into?'"

Shirtless or not, Taufatofua is a welcome surprise at the Winter Games, especially since he had never even seen snow before he took up training for cross-country skiing - which he started on rollerblades.


Taufatofua started skiing just past year, and said it's "the hardest thing I've ever done".

In Rio's Summer Games, Taufatofua competed in tae kwon do, but lost in his first match.

Taufatofua, who is scheduled to compete in the 15km cross-country skiing freestyle race February 16, has detailed some of his recent training sessions on Instagram. "We had to mimic being on snow while not being on snow", he said.

TONGA sensation Pita Taufatofua has joked the world should "get stronger internet" after his oiled-up, topless opening ceremony appearance "broke" it.

Asked if that meant his famous six pack, he laughed and added:' Well, It is more like a three pack today as I had a load of fried chicken last night after the opening ceremony.

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