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Tonga — a 169-island country east of Australia — totally won the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games opening ceremony by presenting a seriously oiled-up, muscle-bound flag bearer. They also have an incredibly sexy, openly gay male swimmer on their team — RAWR!
If you missed the ceremony, you missed Pita Taufatofua, the roughly 176-pound Taekwondo fighter and men’s wedding-wear model who donned traditional Tongan dress and carried his country’s flag, his entire beefy torso oiled up for his eye-popping sheen in the Parade of Nations. Seriously, his greasy pecs, abs and arms caught so much light from Rio’s Maracana Stadium that he seemed made of hard, delicious plastic. His un-oiled face contrasted weirdly with the rest of his killer bod — it was like someone replaced the head of a He-Man action figure with the head of a handsome Ken doll.
If you missed the broadcast, you can watch Taufatofua’s Olynpic appearance below:
The guy also has a steamy Instagram; here’s a taste of its beefy goodness…
According to The Wall Street Journal:
… before his star turn as a gleaming, beaming flag bearer, Taufatofua’s road to Rio had been anything but slick. In an interview with a Tongan news website, he said that over the years he has broken six bones and torn three ligaments, spent three months in a wheelchair and, at one point, had to use crutches for a year and a half.
His country has only ever won a single Olympic medal in 1996 for boxing. Tonga currently has seven athletes competing in Rio for archery, track, swimming and, of course, taekwondo.
But the Tongan sexiness doesn’t stop there because apparently the island nation also has one of the few openly gay Olympic male athletes: openly gay swimmer Amini Fonua.
Fonua was actually the Tongan flag bearer during the 2012 Summer Games, but he wasn’t publicly out at the time. The following year, he came out in his college newspaper. He explained why in a 2013 column for Outsports in which he wrote:
There’s no room for lies and there can’t be any walls [in a sports team]. If there are walls, they need to be torn down for the sake of the team’s success. If a person has a wall up, they never lasted long on our swim team. There were some who couldn’t adjust to our truthful culture, which meant they quit or were cut from the team.
I chose the tougher choice to be truthful and honest.
At his practices, the 26-year-old swimmer reportedly wears a speedo given to him for a volleyball fundraiser by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center three years ago. “Having the words ‘gay and lesbian’ over my butt is my way of announcing my queerness for the swimming world to see,” Fonua said, though he will not be wearing that suit during his Olympic races. Damn.
Okay, let’s all appreciate Fonua a little more.
“The world will know where Tonga is after tonight, mark my words.” – ?????? pic.twitter.com/wKw6PRdzIt
— Amini Fonua (@AminiFonua) August 6, 2016