Tonga's Shirtless Flag Bearer Is Back For The Winter Olympics…Still Shirtless

Taufatofua made these Games as a cross-country skier by qualifying in mostly dry-land roller events.

"Olympic opening ceremony tonight!"

While Taufatofua spoke lightheartedly about his appearance at the Olympics, many were unaware of the struggles he endured to get there. Some would even say that he already "won" the Olympics with his barely-there outfit and attention-grabbing display of skin.

Without his shirt off, viewers may not be as excited to see Taufatofua at the Olympics. He dressed once again in his country's traditional garb during the Winter Games opening ceremonies' Parade of Nations.

Pita Taufatofua is our first Olympic victor.

Taufatofua, who competed in taekwondo in Rio, qualified in cross-country skiing this time around.

One of the highlights from 2016 Olympics was the site of Pita Taufatofua representing Tonga at the opening ceremony.

He tells People, "It's one of the hardest things I've ever done".

The 34 year old is the second Tongan athlete ever to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

As the head of state, he took part in both North-South summits in Pyongyang, meeting South Korean president Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and his successor Roh Moo-hyun seven years later.

Taufatofua, who is scheduled to compete in the 15km cross-country skiing freestyle race February 16, has detailed some of his recent training sessions on Instagram.

That nearly wasn't the case, however, as Taufatofua said ahead of the ceremony that he didn't plan on going topless again because of the extreme temperatures expected in South Korea, The Independent reports.

Pita Taufatofua is going to keep making dreams come true, shirtless whenever possible.

  • Rogelio Becker