Who is Pita Taufatofua?
Pita Taufatofua or Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, born 5 November 1983, is a Tongantaekwondo practitioner and skier who lives in Australia. Pita Taufatofua became widely known after footage of his appearance at the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics oiled and shirtless went viral. He was the flag bearer for Tonga in the 2016 Olympics, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 2021 Olympics.
Pita Taufatofua Biography, Wiki
Pita Taufatofua was born in Australia and raised in Tonga. He attended Tonga Side School and Tonga High School, and graduated from Saint Peter’s Lutheran College in Brisbane in 2000. His father is Tongan and his mother is Australian of British descent.
He began taekwondo at age five. His childhood included such traditional Tongan activities as of Saturday farmwork harvesting cassava.
|Full Name||Pita Nikolas Taufatofua|
|Nickname(s)||Tonga Flag Bearer, Bear Grease Man|
|Education||Tonga Side School|
Tonga High School
Saint Peter’s Lutheran College, Brisbane (graduated 2000)
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 31⁄2 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|Coached By||Vasini Piu|
(Both for Taekwondo)
Pita Taufatofua Personal Life
Pita Taufatofua grew up with his parents and six siblings in a one-bedroom house in Tonga, which the family lost in a tropical storm. As an adult, he splits his time between his home nation and Brisbane, Australia. Taufatofua is a UNICEF ambassador and spends time working with homelessness charities, including at Sandgate House training homeless children to develop independent living skills. He also works to raise awareness of global warming, which threatens his island nation of Tonga.
He has an engineering degree and as of 2016 is working on his master’s degree. He has also worked as a model beginning at age eighteen.
Pita Taufatofua, The Oiled Flag Bearer Returns In Tokyo Olympics [Latest]
Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless, oiled-up flag-bearer from Tonga, has made his triumphant return during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Pita Taufatofua, who first captured the world’s attention at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be competing in the Taekwondo tournament. He also appeared shirtless and oily as the flag bearer for Tonga during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, despite the literally freezing temperatures.
His presence is proof that in a world so divided, at least we all can agree on this: Some heroes don’t wear capes; sometimes, they wear so much baby oil it would make an ’80s Hulk Hogan blush.
As expected, Taufatofua’s appearance was met with glorious fanfare on Twitter. Here are some of the best reactions.
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