Everyone’s freaking out because Pita Taufatofua (a.k.a. the Shirtless Tongan) returned to the Olympics as his country’s flag-bearer for last night’s opening ceremonies.
It was -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit) outside, but that didn’t prevent Taufatofua from ripping off his shirt, rubbing baby oil all over his body, and proudly waving his country’s flag for the world to see.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018
Twitter was very impressed with the glistening performance, though nobody could seem to agree on the exact temperature outside other than it was cold:
Taufatofua will also be competing in this year’s games. Only this time, he’s traded in the taekwondo belt he wore in Rio for a set of cross country skis, an impressive feat considering there’s no snow in Tonga.
Taufatofua is just the second Tongan ever to compete in the Winter Olympics.