"Olympic opening ceremony tonight!"
Aside from trying to come up with the money to fund expensive skis - Taufatofua has been using rentals for the previous year - plus flights and travel costs, the biggest challenge has been losing weight. "I just scraped by to qualify", he laughs.
But he's turned his hand to cross-country skiing two years on and has already attracted plenty of attention for his elaborate entrance. "It's going to be freezing, so I will be keeping nice and warm".
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Taufatofua started skiing just past year, and said it's "the hardest thing I've ever done".
I won't freeze. I am from Tonga.
The world may be competing against one another for the 2018 Olympic Games, but everyone is united in one common cause: Pita Taufatofua must be protected at all costs.
He also crowdfunded his journey and qualified on the last day of the Olympic trials, Teen Vogue reported.
The BBC reported temperatures could plummet to -25C (-13F) when wind-chill is taken into account.
"I want to still be alive for my race", Taufatofua said, according to USA Today.