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You may know Pita Taufatofua as the chiseled and shiny Tongan flag-bearer who went viral from the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. That single appearance practically shot Taufatofua into instant stardom, and since then, there have been two important questions burning on the minds of sports fans everywhere: Is Pita Taufatofua gay? And who is Pita Taufatofua dating?

Remember that sexy and oily bare-chested Tongan flag-bearer from the Parade of Nations at the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro? Of course, you do. Because both he and his abs went viral almost instantly following that initial appearance at the Olympics! Millions of men and women alike were swooning over Pita Taufatofua’s rock solid, glistening body! His shocking and unexpected appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics has sparked a huge debate regarding his sexuality. Since there’s very little known about the Tongan athlete’s personal life, many fans are left anxiously wondering whether or not Pita Taufatofua is gay. On that note, people also want to know who Pita Taufatofua is dating, or if he’s dating anyone at all. Keep reading to find out all of the juicy details about his highly anticipated return to the Olympic stage!

Who Is Pita Taufatofua?

Pita Taufatofua is a half Australian, half Tongan athlete. He premiered his Olympic career at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro as a taekwondo practitioner. He first entered into mainstream consciousness and gained immediate notoriety at the Parade of Nations for the Summer Olympics when he walked out wearing nothing but a traditional Tongan ta’ovala mat around his waist, and a big, gleaming smile on his face. The Internet absolutely lost it over Taufatofua’s chiseled good looks and his well-oiled bare chest.

Since that infamous appearance, it seems that Taufatofua has understandably become somewhat of an icon in the gay community, a feat which has left a lot of sports fans and pseudo sports fans inquiring about his love life.

Unfortunately, there’s no confirmation whether Pita Taufatofua is bisexual, gay, or straight, nor is there any indication that he has a boyfriend or girlfriend. Given the fact that he’s been busy training for the winter Olympics, not to mention learning an entirely new sport, it’s no wonder that Taufatofua doesn’t seem to have much time for any romantic rendezvous.

An Unrelenting Force of Nature

Since his devastating loss to the Iranian taekwondo practitioner, Sajjad Mardani, during the 2016 Summer Olympics, Taufatofua, decided to switch gears and take up skiing, instead. He didn’t want to have to wait another full four years to compete on the Olympic stage again, so he spent the next two years training extensively to become a skilled skier. This is a very impressive turnaround, especially from someone who comes from a part of the world that doesn’t even get any snow!

Tafatofua made the official announcement that he’d be competing in this year’s Olympic Games as a cross-country skier in a now-famous Instagram video back in December 2016. After plenty of extensive training sessions (and mostly competing in roller ski races and one snow race), Taufatofua was able to complete all of his qualification requirements and will officially be competing in the 2018 Olympics as a skier. It just goes to show that with great determination and practice, anything is truly possible!

Considering Tonga is a very small Polynesian nation with a limited population, not to mention the fact that Taufatofua is possibly the most recognizable Tongan citizen, it’s not surprising that he was selected a second time to represent his homeland during the opening ceremonies!