The bare chested Tonga man

Go Pita,  Go Pita.

His full name is Pita Taufatofua.  He caused quite a stir as the as the flag bearer of the country of Tonga in the Parade of Nations at opening ceremony in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.  He is a martial arts expert. He was eliminated in the first round of taekwondo at the Olympics.     He was the first athlete from Tonga to compete in the Olympics in taekwondo. Fans were ecstatic to learn he qualified to be in the Olympics in Korea.  He did not disappoint, as once again, he came bare chested and well oiled as Tongo’s flag bearer.    It isn’t easy to qualify for the Olympics, but Pita did it twice, in two very different sports- taekwondo and cross country skiing.  He finished 114th place out of 119th skiers – accomplishing his goal of not finishing last.  I might add, even if he had finished last, his fans would still be there, because he is the only athlete from Tongo to qualify for the winter Olympics.   He just seems a real happy guy.

So, Go Pita Go.


Wikipedia: Pita Taufatofua

Wikipedia:  Tongo  (Pita now lives in Australia, but grew up in Tongo)

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