From bare chest to icy run

PITA Taufatofua, the famous Tonga flag carrier at the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony, has qualified to compete in a race in the Winter Olympics.
From bare chest to icy run From bare chest to icy run From bare chest to icy run From bare chest to icy run From bare chest to icy run

Pita Taufatofua

Staff Reporter

Taufatofua's shirtless and oiled-up appearance in 2016 has kept his name in the headlines since then.
 
Taufatofua competed in taekwondo in Rio de Janeiro, but he's more recently switched to cross-country in an attempt to become the second Tongan Winter Olympian.
 
Taufatofua had until January 21 to qualify for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, which he did at a race in Iceland.
 
In Taufatufua's words the day before he qualified: "Two days ago I heard whispers of an all-or-nothing race up near the arctic circle in the remote north-western fjords of Iceland.
 
"It is on the last day of the Olympic qualification period. For two days we have tried unsuccessfully to drive there.
 
"Twice we have been sent back by impassable roads due to a bad snow storm that has shut all roads or flights into the area.
 
"We drove for hours only able to see just in front of the car. I have failed more times than I have succeeded, I don't fear failure. I fear not trying. Tomorrow we will try again."
 
The following day, he qualified.

 

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