Pita Taufatofua, a taekwondo specialist from Tonga who became famous after his shirtless entrance at the Summer Olympics, announces he will now compete in cross-country skiing.
Rio sensation Pita Taufatofua, the sculpted Tongan flag bearer who marched shirtless and oiled for his country in the summer Olympic games is back. The taekwondo specialist who was the talk of the opening ceremony at Rio 2016 is aiming to crash the next winter games. Taufatofua has announced his intention of competing in cross-country skiing at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.
Taufatofua will need to qualify for his ticket to the Winter Games. In a recent promotional video for the new Olympic Channel, Taufatofua confirms that he has some work ahead of him.
“I’m going to be taking my Olympic dream one step further and I’m going to be representing Tonga in Tonga’s cross-country skiing – the first ever male cross-country skier. But first, I’ve got to get across this. I’ve got to qualify and my goal is to let people see: if I can do it. They can do it. The goal is hunt down that Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympics,” Taufatofua said. – Reuters