Tonga's Pita Taufatofua repeats shirtless walk for Winter Games opener

Tongan flagbearer goes shirtless again for opening ceremony in freezing temps

He's the only Tongan at this year's games, the first Tongan to appear in both the Winter and Summer Olympics, and most definitely the only one to do so in such an, ahem, attention-getting fashion.

But as the United States athletes entered the stadium at PyeongChang in self-warming jackets, Taufatofua led his nation wearing just a skirt and thongs. Well, he's back - in the Winter Olympics in South Korea and he did not disappoint.

"I want to still be alive for my race". After Rio, he rejected various offers of modelling gigs and film roles, choosing instead to ponder his next big challenge. "It's going to be freezing, so I will be keeping nice and warm", at the time.

Tonga is a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean and Taufatofua is only the second person from the country to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Every time I ski I feel like I die a little inside. Skiing, you have pain for an hour. Nordic sports are not exactly a cakewalk and even top athletes cross the finishing line and collapse in a heap gasping for air.

It's now 31-degrees in PyeongChang, South Korea, but don't tell that to Pita Taufatofua, 34. So, Taufatofua quit his job as a social worker and embarked upon intensive training as a cross-country skier - undeterred by the minor fact that he had never previously seen snow.

If there was an Olympic medal for sticking it to the weather (and there should be), they would all win. "I love all sports, it could be anything".



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