Pita Taufatofua Got Oiled Up For The Olympics Again

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PyeongChang 2018Only the second Winter Olympian in Tonga's history, Pita Taufatofua is set to join an elite club of athletes to compete at the Summer and Winter Games, having represented his country in taekwondo at Rio 2016.

Despite the 32˚F cold at the Opening Ceremonies in Pyeongchang, Shirtless Flag-Bearer stayed meticulously on-brand last night, sporting an ensemble that could not have been comfortable - but was definitely crowd-pleasing. But it also marks another important milestone for the small South Pacific nation, since Pita is the first athlete to represent Tonga in any Winter Olympic Games.

Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's sole participant in the games after qualifying in cross country skiing, had earlier declared he would not be repeating his topless deeds in Rio. During the Summer Olympics in Rio, Taufatofua competed in taekwondo.

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Taufatofua qualified for cross-country skiing event at the games in PyongChang.

Despite reported temperatures of a freezing minus 13, viewers were thrilled to see Shirtless Tongan Man back in all his well-oiled, shirtless glory. The burn starts and then you hold the burn for an hour or more.

Born in Australia but raised in Tonga, Taufatofua announced his plans to try to qualify for the Winter Olympics' "most hard sport" in December 2016.

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For those of you who don't remember (LOL), Taufatofua first went viral for carrying Tonga's flag at Rio's 2016 Opening Ceremony. "And we did it in one year" he said.

"I want to make sure that I can at least make it to my race and that I'm not frozen to death, so I have to stay warm at the opening ceremony". I said no, I'm going to wear what my ancestors wore to war for 1000 years.

Let's be real, though, the dude totally just made the leap to a winter sport to give us all what we didn't even know we were desperately missing in our lives.

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