Who is Pita Taufatofua, the oiled and shirtless Tonga Olympic athlete? – NBC New York – .

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Who is Pita Taufatofua, the oiled and shirtless Tonga Olympic athlete? – NBC New York – .


Pita Taufatofua caused a sensation in Rio in 2016 when he took part in the opening ceremony of the Olympics shirtless and covered in oil.

Well, he’s back in Tokyo.

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Tonga’s best-known flag bearer Pita Taufatofua leads the Tonga delegation at the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics and Rio 2016 Olympics respectively.

The Tongan taekwondo practitioner, skier and canoeist once again marched at this year’s opening ceremony on Friday as his island nation’s flag bearer, causing a splash on the internet.

Tonga’s famous shirtless Olympic flag bearer Pita Taufatofua shares three things you need to know about his homeland.

Before the ceremony, he had hinted that he would be back and in rare form, and as he walked through the Olympic Stadium there were literally hundreds of tweets per second about his appearance.

Taufatofua, 37, is scheduled to take part in the round of 16 in the 80 kg on Tuesday.

A university-trained engineer who cites martial arts legend Bruce Lee as one of his heroes, the 6’3 “, 220-pound Taufatofua lives in Australia and is also a UNICEF Ambassador.

Pita Taufatofua, best known for his shirtless stints as Tonga’s Olympic flag bearer, shares three things you need to know before taking off your shirt.

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