He's Back! Pita Taufatofua Gets Oiled Up AGAIN For Winter Games Opener
04:57, Feb 11, 2018
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The 34-year-old will become the first Tongan at the games to compete in the 15km cross country skiing freestyle race next Friday, 16 February at 3:00pm (Korean time) (7:00pm Tongantime).
"We had a goal to finish within 12 minutes. and I did it in six", he recalls.
'I am actually quite a private person...there's a lot of stuff that I keep private. Why did you pick skiing and what made you set your sights on PyeongChang? But he lost 15kg and worked on getting faster. "I just scraped by to qualify", he laughs. The guy knows he has a brand, and he is sticking to it. And we can be out in the ocean for months on end in the ice cold.
"So we thought that if we could get to where they had blocked off the road, leave the vehicle there and then hike, we could hike 20 kilometers through this blizzard to get to this race, it was our last chance".
He also crowdfunded his journey and qualified on the last day of the Olympic trials, Teen Vogue reported. He competed in taekwondo during the Rio games and will be competing as a cross-country skier in PyeongChang. "It is going to be freezing outside so I will be keeping nice and warm".
Anyway, give this man a gold medal for public service.
And if I can then apply that, it could turn s out I might have the right spice to present Tonga to the world. The Rio 2016 Summer Games were no exception.
Frosty weather was one of the main concerns surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where temperatures were projected to drop as low as single digits, with even colder wind chills. During the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games in 2016, one athlete got the attention of millions just by entering the stadium for the Opening Ceremony.
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