Tonga's shirtless, oily flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua appears at the Winter Olympics

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Last night, 34-year-old Tongan Olympic athlete Pita Taufatofua repeated his schtick from the 2016 Rio Summer Games by serving as Tonga's shirtless, oiled up flag-bearer.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off today and the shirtless Tongan flag bearer who wowed the world at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio makes his return.

Taufatofua, who competed in taekwondo in Rio, qualified in cross-country skiing this time around.

During the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday, temperatures dipped well below freezing.

Well, it looks like the loving warmth the crowd has for Taufatofua's pecs shall be enough to sustain him.

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Tonga's sole representative in Pyeongchang and only its second-ever at the Winter Olympics, Taufatofua resisted the urge to throw on some more clothes this time around - despite the plummeting temperatures on the Peninsula. He became popular during the opening ceremony of the Rio Games when he carried his countries flag into Maracan√£ Stadium shirtless. He promised that he had a surprise planned for the Opening Ceremony. "Financially, I'm in the worst position ever, but I'm the happiest ever". Skiing, you have pain for an hour.

Sticking with the whole, "I don't care what the weather says it is I'm dressing like it's summer" theme of the Opening Ceremony, Bermuda chose to make their grand debut in shorts. "I made it to the Olympics and I got Tonga to the Olympics". I want a new challenge.

The athlete only took up cross-country skiing past year, and left his Olympic qualifying late.

Prince Henrik was hospitalised for a lung infection last month, but his condition has "seriously worsened", as his son, who is an International Olympic Committee member, made the dash home.