Winter Olympics: Bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer wins Korean hearts

Reuters

Posted at Feb 10 2018 12:48 AM

Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's bare-chested flag-bearer for their one-man Winter Olympics team, was given a warm reception by the crowd in sub-zero temperatures at the Opening Ceremony on Friday. Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports/Reuters

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Tonga's bare-chested flag-bearer for their one-man Winter Olympics team was given a warm reception by the crowd in sub-zero temperatures at the Opening Ceremony on Friday.

Cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua emerged from the tunnel covered in body oil and wearing a grass skirt, sandals and a huge smile as he led the Tongan delegation around the arena.

The 34-year-old Taufatofua also carried his country's flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where he competed in taekwondo.

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(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)