Tongan flagbearer goes shirtless again for Opening Ceremony in freezing temps

Flag bearer Tucker Murphy of Bermuda and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeong Chang Olympic Stadium

Flag bearer Tucker Murphy of Bermuda and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeong Chang Olympic Stadium

His name is Pita Taufatofua, and he was Tonga's flag bearer at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio too, where he competed in taekwondo.

Although the opening ceremony isn't until Friday, the 2018 Winter Olympics are under way, lasting through February 25. Not only is he back for the Winter Olympics as a cross country skier, he again was shirtless - and this time in freezing temperatures.

Taufatofua isn't just a two-time Olympian.

"I won't freeze. I am from Tonga".

The 34-year-old, who went viral when he stepped into the limelight at the opening ceremony in Brazil, told the Olympic Channel that he had made it after a last ditch attempt in Iceland. After Rio, he rejected various offers of modelling gigs and film roles, choosing instead to ponder his next big challenge.

"I have just qualified Tonga for the Winter Olympics", he declared in a Facebook live interview from near the Arctic Circle. He opted for the gruelling discipline of cross-country skiing because it was the "hardest" thing he could think of doing.

This, of course, led to inevitable links between Tonga and Bermuda - a sign of early unity in the 2018 Winter Olympics unlike any other. He said, "I feel I have got unfinished business with taekwondo". "We had to mimic being on snow while not being on snow", he said.

Stay tuned for Pita Taufatofua's outfit for when he skis. Indeed, he is already thinking about the possibility of a third successive Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020.

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