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Pita Taufatofua (November 5, 1983) is a Tongan taekwondo player born in Australia.
Taufatofua was born in Australia but grew up in Tonga and studied at Tonga Elementary and High School. His father is from Tonga and his mother is Australian and British and he started practicing taekwondo when he was five years old.
Today he lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he trains six hours a day.
Rio de Janeiro 2016
At the 2016 Oceania Taekwondo Olympic Qualifying Tournament he won in the semifinal 4-3 before winning in the final against the 15th world wrestler to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He had previously tried qualifying for the Olympic Games twice, which made him the first Tonga athlete to compete in the Taekwondo Olympics.
He was the standard bearer of Tonga at the opening ceremony of the Games, held on August 5, 2016. Taufatofua led the delegation of seven Tongan athletes, wearing the me’etu’upaki dance attire, the most well-known of its country, which is executed only by men, with abundant amount of oil in the torso, providing a satiny shine very remarkable. In the past, me’etu’upaki only took place during events of great national importance.
In one hour, Tonga was mentioned 40.7 thousand times in different messages on Twitter. This caused her fame on social networks, being a worldwide trend on Twitter during the opening ceremony.
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