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Tonga's topless flag-bearer qualifies for Winter Olympics

22 January 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Tonga's topless flag-bearer from the 2016 Rio Olympics has finally qualified for this year's Winter Olympics after failing to in the past couple of weeks.

Pita Taufatofua made his claim to fame at the 2016 Rio Olympics as the oiled-up topless Tongan flag-bearer and competed in taekwondo. 

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Pita Taufatofua. Photo/ Facebook - Olympic Channel.

The 34-year-old then took up the challenge of cross-country skiing and has finally qualified for the Winter Olympics to be held in PyeongChang next month.

He says it was his last chance to qualify and it feels good to finally make it.

"This was the last day of qualification for me, this is the end of the qualification period. I had seven races and they all failed," he says. "I gave it absolutely everything and I'm just so happy and so blessed to be here."

Tags: Tonga, sport,