Shirtless flag bearer ready to hit slopes in cross-country event

Pita Taufatofua carries the flag of Tonga during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (WTHR) - He was one of the most memorable parts of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

Pita Taufatofua, the flag bearer from Tonga, walked in traditional clothing - shirtless and shiny - during the freezing cold festivities.

Pita Taufatofua
Pita Taufatofua

Many remember him from the Rio Olympics, where the Taekwondo athlete was also shirtless, and now he's in South Korea as a cross-country skier.

Taufatofua told Eyewitness News reporter Carlos Diaz he's pretty new to winter sports.

"I've had 12 weeks on skis and I've only just managed to qualify. I'm the slowest person to qualify, so I'm just happy to be here. Just happy to get through," he said.

Pita Taufatofua tells Carlos Diaz if he wins a medal, "the shirt is coming off."
Pita Taufatofua tells Carlos Diaz if he wins a medal, "the shirt is coming off."

So if he would pull off the upset and win gold, would the shirt come off and the oil go on?

"100 percent. If I win anything, the shirt is coming off. Maybe if I win the wooden spoon, the shirt is coming off as well, who knows," Taufatofua said.

As Valentine's Day nears, does Pita have a valentine? Find out Tuesday morning on Eyewitness News Sunrise.

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