Pyeongchang’s 2018 Winter Olympics just got a bit hotter: The Shirtless Tongan has returned! And yes, the flag-bearer for Tonga went topless again, despite the sub-freezing temperatures in South Korea.
Pita Taufatofua originally set the Internet ablaze during the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, when he went bare-chested ahead of his participation in the Summer Games’ taekwondo competition. Well, now he’s a cross-country skier at the cold ones — but he’s still wearing sandals.
Watch the video below.
“he has taken the shirt off” pic.twitter.com/1wpBh5j2BV
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) February 9, 2018
Twitter sure appreciated the moment — especially considering the weather. Here are some choice reactions:
OMG!!!! #Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatafua is once again shirtless & glistening w/coconut oil, just like in Rio when he went viral. BUT IT’S 17 DEGREES HERE. ❄️❄️❄️He’s qualified in x country skiing btw. Can’t make this stuff up. pic.twitter.com/6FyNS937P5
— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) February 9, 2018
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) February 9, 2018
#WinterOlympics I am watching the amazing opening ceremony of the up and coming 2018 winter OlympicsOn7, so exited for the rest, love the shirtless Tongan,
— AlfietheGreat? (@AlfieSpenceley) February 9, 2018
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 9, 2018
— Bitcoin Sportsbook (@SportsbookBTC) February 9, 2018
He Did It Again – Tongan Pita Taufatofua, last seen representing his country in taekwondo at the Rio Summer Games, is in Pyeongchang to compete in cross-country skiing at these Winter Olympics. He’s once again shirtless and oiled-up, despite the sub-f… https://t.co/YiMXYxXpMk
— Rob Kaarto (@Robkishere) February 9, 2018
— Chetan Arjun (@chetanarjun1) February 9, 2018
— Jillian Pancott (@ISojournI) February 9, 2018
— Super-F ❄️???? (@pluckyloser) February 9, 2018
Tongan is out here shirtless in 26 degree weather and I’m bundled up to the gills freezing like pic.twitter.com/m57j15TWkO
— ????????Papi (@ProtienPwrRangr) February 9, 2018
Those not live-streaming the Opening Ceremony along with us can catch it with commentary tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.