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'Shirtless Tongan' steals show, again, in Pyeongchang

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Pita Taufatofua - better known as the "Shirtless Tongan" - is back to steal the show once again in Pyeongchang.

The Australia-born 34-year-old become a crowd favorite at the Rio Summer Olympics two years ago as he walked all oiled-up waving the national flag at the 2016 Opening Ceremony:

Taufatofua initially said he was not going to go shirtless for the Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang but sure enough, when Tonga was announced, Taufatofua came out in his natural state: without shirt and glistening.

"Oh, Tonga doesn't have seasons, we don't have winter and summer, we only have one season, so we don't have winter outfit, that's our winter and summer outfit," Taufatofua said. "I have a 1000 years of heritage behind that costume, so it's to represent"

On whether he will be wearing a race suit during his race: 

"I think the goal is to survive during the race, I could be out there for a while so definitely I will be wearing a race suit," Taufatofua said.

Taufatofua, who is only the second winter Olympian in Tonga's history will be competing in cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang. He competed in taekwondo in Rio.

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