Rio Olympics: Shirtless Tonga flag bearer steals the opening ceremony spotlight
Pita Taufatofua must have left his Team Tonga uniform at home… and then fell into a vat of oil on his way into the Macaraña stadium.
Taufatofua, who represented the Polynesian county as a flag bearer during the 2016 Olympic ceremony, caught the world’s eye as he marched shirtless (and greasy) with his teammates during the procession of the nations.
The athlete, who will compete in Taekwondo at the tail end of the two-week Games, accessorized his barely-there look with only a shell necklace and matching braided arm bands.
While most were surprised by the eye-popping display, Taufatofua gave full warning of his plan, teasing on Instagram earlier in the day, “We have a little surprise, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.”
Obviously, the Olympian’s trim figure is the result of hard work – like 6-hours a day of training.
As the first athlete from Tonga to ever compete in Taekwondo at the Olympics, Taufatofua, 32, has a challenge ahead of him.
But after hitting the national stage half-naked, we think he can handle it.