No shirt? No problem!
And, guys? He's baaaaaack.
Before the United States team walked around Olympic Stadium, Team Tonga took center stage thanks to flag bearer Pita Taufatofua. The Internet quickly started to buzz as the 37-year-old's oiled-up abs and impressive physique reignited memories from Olympics past.
For those curious about the coconut oil, Pita previously revealed to the Today show that the substance has cultural roots and is considered an expression of ancestral ties to Tonga and the symmetry of the human body.
So, what brings Pita back to the Olympics for the third time? The athlete is expected to compete in taekwondo in the weeks to come. As for all the attention surrounding his traditional outfit, the motivational speaker and UNICEF ambassador didn't expect it.
"It was really a surprise to me," he told the New York Times this week. "All of a sudden, within a day, the social media went through the roof. Who's your manager? We need to talk. I didn't even know what those words meant."
Instead, the fan-favorite has tried to remain focused on representing his country and performing his absolute best when the competition begins. "It's an honor to fight these guys," he said. "I'm not out there to be the best in the world. I'm out here to be the best version of me."
Ultimately, Pita may have some competition when it comes to most impressive physique at this year's Opening Ceremony. Vanuatu's flag bearer deserves some credit for representing his country and catching the eyes of viewers around the world.
Let the games begin and keeping scrolling for more must-see Opening Ceremony moments.
(This story was originally published on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:03 a.m. PST)