Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tongan flag bearer once again marches at Opening Ceremony shirtless

Tongan flag bearer once again marches at Opening Ceremony shirtless

Pita Taufatofua, the famous Tongan flag bearer and Olympic athlete represented his country Tonga during the 2018 Winter Games the same way he did in 2016: shirtless and oiled.

Pita Taufatofua carried the flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony.

Taufatofua, who competed in taekwondo in Rio, qualified in cross-country skiing this time around.

Australia's athletes marched with enthusiasm at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

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

Other internet sites will also stream the action in Pyeongchang over the next few weeks.

It was reportedly -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit) at last night's opening ceremonies - pretty cold.

"I am just a regular guy, an ordinary person who has one thing a little different, but that anybody else can have".

"This year [we've had] so many challenges - we sacrificed everything to be here".

The 34-year-old will be only the second athlete from Tonga to participate in the Winter Games and as the sole athlete from the country this year was automatically made the flag bearer. The burn starts and then you hold the burn for an hour or more.

Last month, he admitted to a big feeling of relief when he booked his ticket to Pyeongchang in the final race of his cross country skiing qualification campaign in Iceland. I said I was going to keep as warm as possible.

He said: 'I'm still alive today, so I was honest.

Taufatofua competed in taekwondo at Rio and lost in the first round, but gained an adoring worldwide fan base for his Rio entrance wearing traditional Tongan costume.

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.

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