FROM TAEKWONDO TO X-COUNTRY SKIER
16th August 2017
The shirtless Tongan Taekwondo fighter proposes to represent his country at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. NEW
Remember the Tongan Taekwondo fighter who caused a sensation with his coconut-oiled torso at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony?
Well, sorry, we can’t show you a picture of Pita Taufatofua carrying the Tongan flag for copyright reasons.
But we can show you this one he posted on Facebook of him at the closing ceremony, looking much the same.
Since Rio he’s been working on a new challenge – to represent his tiny South Pacific island nation at the Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier.
In February this year, four months after first putting on his cross country skis, he competed in his first race.
It was at the World Championships in Finland, no less.
Now he’s got his sights set on South Korea this winter.
He’s recently posted this video of him training in Perisher, Australia – and, yep, he’s shirtless again:
In July he drove a 30-hour round trip to compete in a race that took him just seven minutes, in order to pick up some FIS (International Ski Federation) points.
That’s commitment for you.
We wonder whether he’ll qualify for PyeongChang.
Perhaps he’ll be the Tongan flagbearer again…..
You can follow his progress on his official Facebook page @TheRealTonganNinja
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