The 2018 Olympic opening ceremony in PyeongChang had so much going on: an abundance of proud athletes, some intense and beautiful virtual reality images, amazing visuals, and lots of interesting dancing. But the one thing everyone couldn't stop talking about was, of course, Pita Taufatofua. Yes, that's right: the Tonga flag bearer is officially back for the 2018 Olympics, and Twitter (and everyone else, honestly) is loving him, inspiring a whole slew of new "Shirtless Tonga Guy" memes and tweets.
You probably remember Taufatofua from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, when he strode into the stadium wearing nothing but a ta'ovala (a traditional Tongan mat worn around one's waist) and basically an entire bottle of body oil. It was hard not to talk about the Tongan man who completely stole the show from the world's best athletes and every other performer there. And this year, Taufatofua, now affectionately known as "the Tonga flag bearer," has made another appearance. (And yes, he was shirtless, despite the freezing temperatures.) Many just feel blessed that he was willing to make this sacrifice, to be honest.
Taufatofua isn't just there to impress everyone with his extremely shiny torso — he is also the only athlete representing Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Vox. Taufatofua will be competing as a cross-country skier, a spot he scored after seven initial failed attempts, according to NBC Sports. During an interview with New Zealand's Stuff, he had originally stated that he would be wearing a shirt during this year's ceremonies to stay warm, but that must have changed at some point. Hopefully, he still managed to keep cozy.
Enjoy this photogrammetric capture of the Pita, and keep an eye out for him during the games.