Pyeongchang 2018

Another slick entrance: Bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua slides into Pyeongchang

Frigid temperatures in South Korea couldn't stop Pita Taufatofua from bringing his iconic shirtless, oiled-up routine to Pyeongchang.

34-year-old cross-country skier makes another memorable arrival at opening ceremony

Tonga's flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua leads his delegation as the lone athlete representing his country in Pyeongchang. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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. 

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.

He only recently made the unlikely jump to cross-country, extensively documenting his journey — which included shedding 30 pounds — on Instagram. 





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