Tonga's Famous Shirtless Flag Bearer Is BACK for the 2018 Winter Olympics!

Erica Murray
February 11, 2018

The oiled up winter and summer Olympian made another appearance during the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Games this year, shirtless again despite sub-freezing temperatures.

Less than two years later, during the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Taufatofua was at it again.

Taufatofua is the second athlete from the balmy nation of Tonga to ever to compete at a Winter Olympics.

Sticking with the whole, "I don't care what the weather says it is I'm dressing like it's summer" theme of the Opening Ceremony, Bermuda decided to make their grand debut in shorts.

"The dream this year was to qualify and to qualify in the year, that was the impossible dream - I guess I'm going in without pressure", he says. For the Winter Olympics. What they do know is that whatever impossible challenges I set myself I have three rules 1) Always show up 2) Never give up 3) Fail happy.

In case you missed it, the ceremony took place on February 8 at South Korea's Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. He opted for the gruelling discipline of cross-country skiing because it was the "hardest" thing he could think of doing. He competed in taekwondo during the Rio games and will be competing as a cross-country skier in PyeongChang.

In Rio's Summer Games, Taufatofua competed in tae kwon do, but lost in his first match.

"But Pita said to me afterwards at the athletes" village: "I wasn't cold walking - the coconut oil kept me warm".

GSC: The viral photo of you as Tonga's flag-bearer was one of the more memorable and talked-about images from Rio.

And despite temperatures in the mid-teens, Taufatofua delivered for his fans.

He also crowdfunded his journey and qualified on the last day of the Olympic trials, Teen Vogue reported.

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