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Tonga's Shirtless Flag Bearer Is Back For The Winter Olympics…Still Shirtless

11 February 2018, 01:29 | Darnell Patrick

Tonga's Shirtless Flag Bearer Is Back For The Winter Olympics…Still Shirtless

Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua goes topless in freezing PyeongChang

But really, what can top what Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua already did at the opening ceremony?

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

Coconut oil is, apparently, a traditional Tongan remedy to ward off cold. Especially for someone who comes from a country with no snow. This was despite the fact he hadn't actually seen snow until a few months before his announcement.

They walked into Pyeongchang's temporary 35,000-seater Olympic Stadium behind the five-ringed Olympic flag that was carried by a volunteer and will don rather dour neutral uniforms that feature no Russian flags, badges or emblems. I wanted a challenge.

When it came to training, the Tongan athlete had to get inventive.

"I was so far behind all these professional skiers that I thought: 'wow, this is so hard, what have I gotten myself into?'" "Every time I ski, I die a little bit inside", he said recently, per USA Today. I've been a fighter since I was five. He is Tonga's sole athlete at the 2018 Olympics.

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While he's determined, the Tongan athlete does not have the highest hopes when it comes to final standings.

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. "If I come last, I'll be happy".

When Pita learned that he had qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics he shared his excitement during a Facebook live interview from the Arctic.

So, you're sitting there, waiting for the Olympic opening ceremonies from PyeongChang on Friday, knowing good and well that you are inferior to these people.

One person not in the stands was Aussie-born Princess Mary's husband Frederick who left the Winter Olympics earlier on Friday to be by his ill father's bedside.



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