Tongan flagbearer goes shirtless again for Opening Ceremony in freezing temps

Tongan Flag Bearer Arrives At Olympic Opening Ceremony Shirtless Despite Freezing Temperatures

Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's flag bearer for the past two Olympic Games, stole the show again at the Opening Ceremony.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first Games held in South Korea in 30 years, officially opened on Friday with fireworks, song and symbolism featured amid celebrations of light, peace, and harmony. But this time around, the athlete and model who resides in Australia most of the year is the only individual representing Tonga in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

At the time that he made a decision to pursue his Winter Olympics goal, according to Grand Stand Central, Taufatofua had under a year until the 2018 Opening Ceremonies.

People (and even fans) will recall his appearance at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, having competed in Judo - and it seems like everyone really missed him.

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Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's sole participant in the games after qualifying in cross country skiing, had earlier declared he would not be repeating his topless deeds in Rio. And thankfully for everyone who was probably feeling the bite of that winter cold in Pyeongchang, Pita brought a little heat to the opening ceremony as he proudly waved the flag. "It still feels quite unusual actually being here, because it took me 20 years to get to Rio, and just one year to get here", the former youth worker said. "Financially, I'm in the worst position ever, but I'm the happiest ever".

"I want to still be alive for my race", Taufatofua said, according to USA Today. For the Winter Olympics. "I made it to the Olympics and I got Tonga to the Olympics". "Roller skiing, you can't stop, the only way to stop is to fall and I learnt that the hard way many, many a time".

"It still feels quite odd actually being here because it took me 20 years to get to Rio, (and) just one year to get here", the former youth worker told Reuters at the Pyeongchang athletes' village on February 8.

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