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The naked Tongans want to do it again

He ran into the Maracanã stadium and went around the world. The pictures of Pita Taufatofua, 33, the flag-bearer for Tonga with oiled, bare-chested, were quite quick everywhere. 250 million was entered in the night his Name in the Google search box. He retired after that, in the Olympic Taekwondo competition in the first round, was ultimately beside the point.

in the first hour, the games of Rio, had their first story. Taufatofua had fought for 15 years to qualify for the Olympics. And now, as he had done it, he was so thrilled that he never wanted to do anything else.

Four years until the next Games a long time were there. "I was looking for the hardest possible sports," he once said. He found the long-run. On scooters, so he began to train for the qualification for the winter games in Pyeongchang. Taufatofua was raised in Tonga, lived in Brisbane, Australia. The snow was for him a foreign word. Also in the Training. Only a few months before the Games, in a training camp in the black forest, he slipped for the first time on the white surface.

Stay in the nursery

The qualification was to the Odyssey. He travelled across Europe, to the required points for the FIS to collect the race, was of special routes (he once drove a Taxi for six hours from Armenia to Georgia), and Spartan accommodations (for six months he slept in a crib). And he made it. At a race in Iceland, a day before the Deadline, he qualified games, in fact, for the winter.

And he could not leave it there. Despite freezing temperatures, he also ran in Pyeongchang in national costume: Topless, oiled torso. In the long run, he was racing 114. 119 – 23 minutes behind winner Dario Cologna, who congratulated him afterwards.

Taufatofua, now 35 years old, but still enough. Next year the games took place in Tokyo. Also, since he wants to be at the Start again in a new sport. He has discovered the kayak to Go for. Taekwando, he reserves the right as a Plan B in the back of your hand. Because at the Moment he is struggling a little bit with the balance. "It is quite difficult, these kayaks are very unstable, do you actually think about is not tipping over," he told the Guardian. He trains on the Brisbane river, which has a very strong flow and, above all, of bull sharks is populated. "We need to figure out how I'll stay in the kayak and not capsize," he said.

he Should qualify for Tokyo, would have secured him the next 15 minutes of Internet fame. And otherwise, he has a little more time to care for his new project. Taufatofua has written a book. "Motivation Station" is a theme to which the Tongans a couple of stories on the camp.

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Sprint Kayak ... Tokyo 2020 !! This ones for the planet #IMpossible #paddle the forth planet

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Created: 30.04.2019, 12:57 PM

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