Tongan flag bearer once again marches at Opening Ceremony shirtless

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Remember Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, the shirtless Tongan flag bearer from the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio?

Pita Taufatofua has shown once again he's willing to give the shirt off his back for Tonga in Olympic conditions, whether it be sun, snow or shine.

"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 said. "It's going to be freezing, so I will be keeping nice and warm". He promised that he had a surprise planned for the Opening Ceremony.

It was below freezing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Taufatofua strutted through the stadium like it was, well, a day at the beach. "I didn't realise how big a thing it would be for people, but my passion is pushing myself".


Prior to the ceremony, the 34-year-old tricked the global media by insisting there would be no repeat of his topless walk from Rio.

The temperature was into the negatives in PyeongChang! "We had to mimic being on snow while not being on snow", he said.

He hasn't changed much since 2016. I want a new challenge. He said, "Every time I ski I feel like I die a little inside". The burn starts and then you hold the burn for an hour or more. "I still haven't had a race where I felt completely happy, in terms of no pain". He traveled to Isafjordur, Iceland in mid-January for his seventh and final chance at Olympic qualification in cross-country skiing, and finally managed to secure a place.

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