Think back to the Rio Olympics opening ceremony for a moment. If the first thought that came to mind was the shirtless, oiled-up flag bearer for Tonga, Pita Taufatofua, you likely aren’t alone. (He reprised his look for the Closing Ceremony, as you see above.)
But Taufatofua, a taekwondo athlete who lost his first-round match by the mercy rule, isn’t yet ready to give up on his Olympic dream.
In a video posted on the Olympic Channel on Monday, the 33-year old announced a desire to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“I’m going to be taking my Olympic dream one step further,” Taufatofua said in the video. “My goal is to let people see, if I can do it, they can do it. The goal is to hunt down that Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympics.”
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