Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

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The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are in full swing and the world can't seem to get enough of the shirtless, oiled-up, Tongan flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua.

One of the highlights from 2016 Olympics was the site of Pita Taufatofua representing Tonga at the opening ceremony. Not only is he back for the Winter Olympics as a cross country skier, he again was shirtless - and this time in freezing temperatures.

Now the unlikely superstar, 34, has opened up on everything from his Summer and Winter Olympic Games exploits, the South Korean cold. and his relationship status. While Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carried his country's flag into the ceremony, he was becoming an instant sensation online.

"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.

A lover of sport - and perhaps his moment in the spotlight - he made a decision to set his sights on the Winter Olympics.

In Rio's Summer Games, Taufatofua competed in tae kwon do, but lost in his first match.

Pita: I have, one of the funniest movies I have ever seen! If you're interested in either, Taufatofua also has a steamy Instagram.

Taufatofua only took up cross-country skiing past year, and left his Olympic qualifying late.

Taufatofua started skiing just previous year, and said it's "the hardest thing I've ever done".

But don't tell that to the Opening Ceremony representatives for Tonga and Bermuda.

Taufatofua had originally said he wouldn't show up shirtless, according to USA Today, wanting to keep warm as ceremony temperatures were about 28 degrees.

Last month, he admitted to a big feeling of relief when he booked his ticket to Pyeongchang in the final race of his cross country skiing qualification campaign in Iceland.

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