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People Are Swooning Over Tongan Flag-Bearer Who Showed Off Well-Oiled Torso In Opening Ceremony

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

He’s back! “Tonga guy” Pita Taufatofua made headlines during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he appeared shirtless during the games’ opening ceremony — and he recently didn’t hesitate to remind us what we’ve been missing for the past two years despite freezing temperatures.

The 34-year-old flag-bearer’s impeccably chiseled physique and well-oiled torso made its second appearance this year in Pyeongchang in 32-degree weather, according to CNN. All he wore was the traditional Tongan mat, called a ta’ovala, much to the delight of viewers all around the world.

In 2016, the athlete competed in taekwondo. He lost his first match and then decided to pick up a winter sport so he could compete this year, making him the first Tongan to participate in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

According to New Zealand’s Newshub, this year he will compete in a cross-country-skiing event.

He definitely got our attention, and we’ll be looking out for him during the games! Some would even say that he already “won” the Olympics with his barely-there outfit and attention-grabbing display of skin.

A brief review of his Instagram account reveals that Pita appears to enjoy spending his time shirtless despite cold weather, so the opening ceremonies must have been a walk in the park for him!

Please SHARE if you were thrilled that the beloved viral sensation is back for this year’s Olympics!

Photo: Getty

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