Cold opening: The shirtless Tongan is back at the Olympics

This is Taufatofua leading his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

And just like previous Olympics, Taufatofua's greased-up entrance at the opening ceremony lit up social media. But he will certainly be opting for warmer clothing at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium than he did in Rio. He felt confident before heading out without much to keep him warm: "I won't freeze", Taufatofua said.

But of the millions watching around the world, few had any idea of the sacrifice and determination behind Taufatofua's dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.

Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua poses with a volunteer and team-mates during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The former taekwondo competitor apparently said just days before Friday's Opening Ceremony that he wouldn't expose himself in the colder climate since he's now set to represent Tonga as a cross-country skier and the country's only athlete at the Winter Games. On Friday, he was bare-chested again and wearing sandals when he carried the Tongan flag into the opener of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Pita Taufatofua is our first Olympic victor.

He tells People, "It's one of the hardest things I've ever done".

A lover of sport - and perhaps his moment in the spotlight - he chose to set his sights on the Winter Olympics.

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"We had a goal to finish within 12 minutes ... and I did it in six", he recalls.

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.

Taufatofua qualified for cross-country skiing event at the games in PyongChang.

Pita Taufatofua is going to keep making dreams come true, shirtless whenever possible.

Taufatofua competed in taekwondo at Rio and lost in the first round, but gained an adoring worldwide fan base for his Rio entrance wearing traditional Tongan costume.

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