2016 olympics

The Oily Tongan Olympian Returns for the Closing Ceremony to Glisten More Than All Other Athletes

After two weeks of highs (Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel) and lows (What the hell, Lochte?), the 2016 Olympics has come to a close. And while all endings are bittersweet, we’re ready to get off this ride down a green-diving-pool river of dreams and return to our normal, regularly scheduled television. And yet, like Dorothy leaving Oz, we can’t help but look back at those faces — or fit bodies — that participated in the Closing Ceremonies, and realize there’s one athlete we might just miss most of all: Pita Nikolas Taufatofua.

Luckily for us, and the world, the 32-year-old Tongan Taekwondo Olympian, who so deftly handled both bearing a flag for his nation and the physical advances of Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, once again oiled up his bare chest to appear for a final dance. As the rain came down in Rio, Taufatofua glistened as a shiny rainbow of muscles onstage while Julia Michaels and Kygo performed their song  “Carry Me.” See the glory, below.

Also, here’s what he looks like wearing clothes during a competition. He didn’t take home a medal, but that should give him incentive to come back in 2020.

Oily Tongan Flag-Bearer Glistens Once More