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Who Is Pita Taufatofua? Tonga Flag Bearer Is Back And Shirtless

July 20 2018, 07:01 | Van Peters

Pita Taufatofua delighted the crowd at the opening ceremony

Pita Taufatofua delighted the crowd at the opening ceremony

Pita Taufatofua repeated his antics from the 2016 Rio Olympics when he carried the Tongan flag during the opening ceremony. But this time around, the athlete and model who resides in Australia most of the year is the only individual representing Tonga in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Digicel Tonga has confirmed they will air the opening ceremony and highlights of the winter games starting tonight in Nuku'alofa on channel 26, at 11.50pm.

At the time that he chose to pursue his Winter Olympics goal, according to Grand Stand Central, Taufatofua had under a year until the 2018 Opening Ceremonies.

"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. The display of Tonga Winter Olympics pride will air tonight in America, but here's a sneak peek of what's to come. But he will certainly be opting for warmer clothing at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium than he did in Rio.

"I am just a regular guy, an ordinary person who has one thing a little different, but that anybody else can have".

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country's delegation
Tonga’s flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country’s delegation

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