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Winter Olympics: Shirtless Tongan Flag Bearer Goes Viral (Again)

Winter Olympics: Shirtless Tongan Flag Bearer Goes Viral (Again)

There were almost 2,800 athletes representing 90 countries around the world, but it was the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer that everyone's talking about.

Pita Taufatofua - better known as the "Shirtless Tongan" - is back to steal the show once again in Pyeongchang. "This is nothing", he said, according to the Olympic news service. In Pyeongchang, temperatures were well-below freezing for the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"All the other athletes have just been positive - it's a good story but also they understand the struggles that I went through just to get to this stage as well".

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Taufatofua first garnered attention during the 2016 Rio Olympics, after carrying the Tongan flag shirtless and oiled up, leaving viewers in a frenzy.

"Well Tonga doesn't have seasons".

"Oh, Tonga doesn't have seasons, we don't have winter and summer, we only have one season, so we don't have winter outfit, that's our winter and summer outfit", Taufatofua said. We don't have a winter outfit. He's here to compete as a cross-country skier.

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"Stay safe to all our Families in the Pacific", Taufatofua said. And if you were wondering: Yes, Tonga is an island in the Pacific.

"My goal was to qualify and to see if I could actually get through and I did".

Taufatofua started skiing just previous year, and said it's "the hardest thing I've ever done". "I don't have the same expectations that everyone else has to win or anything, I'm just really really happy to be here and I guess very blessed as well to have gotten through to this stage".

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"I still haven't had a race where I felt completely happy, in terms of no pain".


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