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Tongan Flag Bearer Arrives At Olympic Opening Ceremony Shirtless Despite Freezing Temperatures

Tongan Flag Bearer Arrives At Olympic Opening Ceremony Shirtless Despite Freezing Temperatures

With no snow in Tonga or near his Brisbane base in Australia, Taufatofua's training regimen began with running on sand dunes with wooden planks strapped to his feet.

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Walking out into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, his bare, muscular torso glistening with a generous amount of oil, Pita Taufatofua's life changed in an instant.

A wry smile creeps across Taufatofua's face at the mention of roller skiing - "quite possibly the worst thing ever invented", he says. How was the moment compared with when you qualified for Rio?

"This was the last day of qualification for me, this is the end of the qualification period". "We had to mimic being on snow while not being on snow", he said.

Or so we're told.

"I won't freeze. I am from Tonga". The current temperature in the resort during the Opening Ceremony is -2C (28F).

Pita: South Korea will be -20.

"I want to still be alive for my race", Taufatofua said, according to USA Today. "He has again put Tonga on the world map".

'But 99.99 per cent is people are like ' Wow... how the hell did you do that and say well the same way you can do it.

The sister of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance. "I made it to the Olympics and I got Tonga to the Olympics".

Pita: All the time.

Frimpong's hard journey to this point - which includes not being able to compete for his adopted country on the track as a youngster due to the secret that he had actually entered the country illegally - is a remarkable one and his delight at making it to South Korea was clear for all to see.

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