He’s baaaaack. And honestly, he doesn’t give a shirt about the cold.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officially kicked off with an elaborate opening ceremony Friday morning, but one athlete in particular stood out.
Remember the oily flag bearer for #Tonga in the Summer Olympics? @PitaTaufatofua . He went shirtless in Rio.. And he did it again at the #OpeningCeremony at the #Olympics in South Korea. He knows it's WINTER, doesn't he? pic.twitter.com/whWQ8ySUan
— David Rancken (@rancken) February 9, 2018
Pita Taufatofua, the only member of Tonga’s Olympic team, won the world’s attention by marching into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium shirtless despite near-freezing temperatures. Taufatofua carried his country’s flag while displaying an oiled-up chest and torso, and smiling all the way.
This was Taufatofua’s second shirtless Olympic appearance. In the 2016 Rio Olympics he was competing in taekwondo, in 2018 he will be cross-country skiing. But the temperatures at the Summer Games in Rio were a lot more bare-chest-friendly than in Pyeongchang.