Iconic Tongan Olympic flag bearer goes shirtless amid frigid temperatures in Pyeongchang

Temperatures in Pyeongchang are so frigid right now that Olympians are being forced to throw away their expensive skis after mere practice runs — but that sure as hell didn't stop Tonga's viral flag bearer from going shirtless (again.)

If you recall, Pita Taufatofua made headlines during the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony.

Taufatofua, a 34-year-old taekwondo fighter, piqued the interest of people around the globe when he marched out shirtless and covered in oil, wearing only a Tongan mat and his rock-hard abs, during the parade of the nations. The rest is viral history.

The world held its breath when Taufatofua announced that he had qualified for the Pyeongchang Games as a cross-country skier in January 2018. Would he and his glorious torso be making another appearance during the Winter Games opening ceremony? 

On Friday, we learned that even in the face of the bitter cold, Taufatofua would never disappoint his fans.

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Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua (C-R) takes a selfie as his country's delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and teammates enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Tonga flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads his country during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and teammates arrives during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tonga's flagbearer Pita Taufatofua leads his country's delegation as he parades in shirtless traditional attire better suited for the tropics during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the national flag. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the national flag. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the national flag. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga carries the national flag. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Taufatofua announced his intention to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics at the end of 2016, stating that he was looking for a new challenge following his loss in Rio.

He is his country's sole representative in the Pyeongchang Games and the first ever Olympic cross-country skier from the Polynesian kingdom.

RELATED: See Pita Taufatofua's journey to the 2018 Olympic Games: 

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Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's bare-chested flag bearer from Rio
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: (BROADCAST - OUT) Pita Taufatofua of Tonga poses for a photo on the NBC Today show set at Copacabana Beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Pita Taufatofua of Tonga walks along the sand with his country's flag to the NBC Today show set at Copacabana Beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tonga's Pita Nikolas Taufatofua gestures after his men's taekwondo qualifying bout in the +80kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 20, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Pita Nikolas Taufatofua of Tonga competes against Sejjad Mardani of Iran during Men's +80kg Taekwondo competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Olympians Kaori Icho of Japan and Pita Taufatofua of Tongo on stage during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures shows Pita Taufatofua of Tonga as he leads his contingent during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony of Rio Olympic Games on August 5, 2016 and competing in the men's cross country qualifications at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti, Finland, February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Stoyan Nenov ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships - Men's Cross Country - Qualification - Lahti, Finland - 23/2/17 - Pita Taufatofua of Tonga competes. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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