By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
The Olympic flame and torch wasn’t the only thing on fire at the opening ceremonies Friday night in Rio.
Pita Taufatofua lit up social media when he carried the flag into Olympic Stadium for Tonga.
— Nicole Berry (@nicole_berry23) August 6, 2016
His baby-oiled and toned body even grabbed the attention of NBC commentators Hoda Kotb and Meredith Vieira who couldn’t help but give their stamp of approval at what was before their eyes.
Taufatofua was a relative unknown outside of Tonga prior to last night. He is the first athlete to compete in the Olympics in taekwondo.
He first took up the sport at age 5. He was born in Australia, but has spent most his life in Tonga.
Thank you Auckland for all the support, our fundraiser was a great success! These brave, gorgeous girls braved the cold to put on a traditional dance for me.. Blessed! #muchLove Thank you @coconutwireless_mez for all the help and the amazing Nz committee #mma #ufc #olympian #karate #newzealand #brazil #brisbane #tonga #training #athlete #calisthenics #man #tradition #dance #friends #family #rio2016 @master_olympic
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