Pita Taufatofua just became the world's most irresistible athlete.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 6, 2016
Taufatofua, 32, is at the Olympics representing Tonga in taekwondo, and he served as the nation's flag bearer during Friday's Opening Ceremony in Rio. Taufatofua was born in Australia to a Tongan father, who was getting his PhD in agricultural science. His mother is Australian/British. The family moved to Tonga when Taufatofua was young and Taufatofua spent most of his childhood in the island nation.
Taufatofua eventually moved back to Australia and trains in Brisbane. He self-funded his journey to the Olympics, and when he is not practicing, Taufatofua works in youth homelessness. He also models and has an aesthetically-pleasing Instagram.
Mid night recovery after a tough session thanks to the new spa generously donated by the Sydney Famili! For every hour of training I do an equivalent hour or more of recovery! @tanscurrumbin #PoweredByFaith #FueledByReflex #StrengthBYBodyBuzz #KicksByTansCurrumbin .............................. #taekwondo #hapkido #karate #mma #ufc #athlete #man #spa #nature #rio2016 #calisthenics #yoga #training #gym #rehabilitation #flexibility #tonga #australia #brisbane #MyInstituteOfSport
Apparently Taufatofua fishes too.
Sometimes Pita Taufatofua holds a fish instead of a flag pic.twitter.com/RutvkWHK8A
— A (@millvsSPQR) August 6, 2016
The oiled-up muscleman won the 2016 Oceania Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament to become the first Tongan to qualify for taekwondo at the Olympics.
And he just made himself a hot commodity in the Olympic Village.
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