Another slick entrance: Bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua slides into Pyeongchang
34-year-old cross-country skier makes another memorable arrival at opening ceremony
By Amy Cleveland, CBC Sports
With the temperature feeling like -10 C in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tonga's flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua made another slick impression at an Olympic opening ceremony.
This time, the iconic, oiled-up Olympian brought the heat to the Olympic Winter Games on Friday as Tonga's lone representative in 2018.
Click on the video above to watch Taufatofua's entrance
The 34-year-old first slid onto the world stage at the Rio Olympics in 2016, causing a near meltdown on the internet when –shirtless and gleaming – he led the Tongan delegation into the ceremony.
Taufatofua made his Olympic debut in Rio with a disappointing first-round taekwondo exit, so he set his sights on Pyeongchang.
What do you think of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TGA?src=hash">#TGA</a> flag bearer Pita Nikolas Aufatofua? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DoubleGlazed?src=hash">#DoubleGlazed</a> 😍 <a href="https://t.co/JAoL0ve2RK">https://t.co/JAoL0ve2RK</a> <a href="https://t.co/aMTtysU7l4">https://t.co/aMTtysU7l4</a>—@CBCOlympics
He only recently made the unlikely jump to cross-country, extensively documenting his journey — which included shedding 30 pounds — on Instagram.