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“Tonganese in oil” took 114th place in the Olympic ski race. At Games-2020 he wants to go swimming

The athlete, who has been skiing for only 3 months, joked that he was most afraid of crashing into the tree before the eyes of the whole world.

The standard-bearer Tonga Pita Taufatofua, known as the Tongan in oil, completedhis first ski race at the Olympics in Pyeongchang. He took 114 place out of 116: behind him came the Colombian and Mexican.

Taufatofua reacted to his result with humor: before the Games in South Korea, he engaged in skis just 12 weeks. The 34-year-old sportsman noted that it is difficult for him to race for 15 kilometers, because he is already tired on the second. Also, “Tongan in oil” revealed the main goals for the competition: finish before the light switches off at the stadium, and do not crash into the tree in front of everyone.

In 2016, Taufatofua already performed at the Summer Olympics in Rio: he was engaged in taekwondo and at the opening ceremony for the first time with a flag without a shirt. By the winter Games, he learned to ski. The athlete admitted that his goal – three Olympics: for the tournament in Tokyo, he intends to try “something related to water.”

Tonganese after the race said that every time he comes to the Games for the sake of the Olympic spirit, and wants to become an inspiration for many other people. “They are afraid of mistakes, they are afraid of criticism, they are afraid of what my mother or father will say,” said Taufatofua.

I do not know anything about the fact that I’m the most popular person at the Games, but I’m definitely the most frozen person. I think it’s because I’m wearing clothes. Not sure.

Pita Taufatofua

The athlete added that he well knows both skiers who came behind him. According to him, finishing in a good company is much more pleasant than going one in the “middle”.

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