Taufatofua isn’t just an oily Olympian. According to his personal website, the Australian-born 32-year-old spent “his whole adult life working in homeless shelters with the underprivileged to show and teach people the power of self belief.”
Taufatofua’s Instagram account features plenty of photos of the first Tongan athlete to qualify for the Olympics in taekwondo with and without his shirt on. Taufatofua’s latest post, from Friday morning, teased “a little surprise” in the Opening Ceremonies. “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it,” he wrote.
No one missed it.