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How the Tongan flag bearer stayed warm at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony
Pita Taufatofua is the sole representative for Tonga at the Winter Olympics. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
It's no surprise that the is a cold event, but this year's competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been especially frigid. , and temperatures for the opening ceremony hovered around 28 degrees, according to the New York Times.
But the biting weather didn't stop Pita Taufatofua, a cross-country skier from Tonga, from going shirtless at the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony.
Pita Taufatofua went shirtless for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Many remember Taufatofua as the swoon-worthy athlete who walked shirtless during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony. When news broke that he qualified for Pyeongchang 2019 as a cross-country skier, many hoped (maybe even prayed) that his oil-covered abs would make an appearance.
And, much to fans' delight, they did.
Of course, this begs the question of how he kept warm in such a cold climate.
Luckily, Taufatofua's coach Thomas Jacob came up with a strategy to give the people what they wanted and also keep his athlete from getting frostbite. According to the Washington Post, Jacob asked a seamstress to create a bag to hold enough layers for Taufatofua. The plan was for Jacob to carry the bag and Taufatofua would change into the layers once the camera panned away.
Many believe this is the bag holding Taufatofua's layers. Maddie Meyer / Getty
Unfortunately, there may not have been enough layers in the bag. Because Taufatofua did not solidify his Olympic spot until late January, the Washington Post further reports that he only had 13 kits of sweaters and jackets made for the Olympics — some of which he has to share with his coaches.
It seems, however, that Taufatofua was warmed by the spirit of the event and natural adrenalin.
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