Published On: Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016

Tonga's shirtless flag bearer returns for closing ceremonies

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After emerging as the breakout star of the opening ceremonies, the Tongan flag bearer made a triumphant return to say goodbye to Rio during Sunday’s closing ceremonies.


Pita Taufatofua created a media storm when he appeared shirtless and oiled up during the opening ceremonies, providing the game with one of its earliest viral moments. After all the attention, he embarked on a whirlwind tour that included “Today” show correspondents oiling him up.

While the actual competition part didn’t quite go his way – he lost 16-1 in his only taekwondo match – Taufatofua certainly had an Olympics he’ll never forget and got one last moment to glisten in Brazil.

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