Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's Flag-Bearer, Is Still Shirtless And Shinier Than Ever

Tongan flagbearer goes shirtless again for opening ceremony in freezing temps

The opening ceremonies, which took place Friday evening in Pyeongchang, South Korea, were a chilly affair with temperatures around 22° F. Naturally, Taufatofua sported a traditional Tongan skirt and flip flops because life is short, but ab glory is forever. He opted for the gruelling discipline of cross-country skiing because it was the "hardest" thing he could think of doing. The closest I had come to succeeding was within 30 points.

The versatile muscle man represented his tiny nation at the 2016 summer games in Rio in the martial art of taekwondo.

Without his shirt off, viewers may not be as excited to see Taufatofua at the Olympics. "I trained mainly on roller skis".

The Oceania gold medallist in taekwondo made global headlines in 2016 with a shirtless entrance as the country's flagbearer at the Rio Olympics. "You know, look at the conditions, it's, like, freezing, it's negative 1,000,000 degrees, and then you've got to put your body through something really challenging". He has since lost 15kg of fat and muscle, although he still weighs at least 20kg more than his competitors. "And we did it in one year" he said. Every day, we'll award medals for standout achievements at (and around) Pyeongchang 2018 and achievements that may or may not be recognized on the podium (and may or may not even be of an athletic nature).

Pita Taufatofua is going to keep making dreams come true, shirtless whenever possible.

Traveling with Chilean cross-country skier Yonathan Fernandez and Mexican endurance specialist German Madrazo, a giant snow storm meant Taufatofua's route to the race near Ísafjörður was blocked by avalanches.

This time, with the temperature being significantly colder, it was expected he would wear much warmer attire. "I am from Tonga". "I just scraped by to qualify", he laughs.

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