At the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the flag bearers of the American Samoa delegation, naked and covered with coconut oil, made a stunning appearance. However, Beijing is in the middle of winter, and at the same time as the opening ceremony, the real-time temperature in Beijing is minus 3 ° C, which can't help but worry, is he not cold?
At the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the flag bearer of the American Samoa delegation who was not afraid of the cold and "smeared oil" appeared
The live footage in front of you is also naturally reminiscent of Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofa, also from the Pacific Islands. The "Tonga brother" has appeared in the same costume at the previous three Olympic Games, and each time it has become a topic of discussion at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, including the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
"Tongan brother" Pitta Taufatofa at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
At that time, as a taekwondo athlete at the Summer Olympics, he represented Tonga in the Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier after raising his own funds and hiring himself to coach. According to reports, on the day of the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the temperature at the scene was minus 7 ° C. And Pita not only can carry it, but also enjoy it.
The reporter found that at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer of 2021, Pita from Tonga was not the only flag bearer who appeared with a naked upper body and a bold image painted with coconut oil, but the standard-bearer of the Vanuatu delegation did the same thing. At the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the flag bearer of American Samoa once again brought a striking "Pacific wind" to the global audience.
The flag bearer of the Vanuatu delegation "oiled" at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer of 2021
So the question is, why are Pacific island athletes so keen on "smearing oil"? It seems that this is a very representative custom in the Pacific Islands. As can be seen from the map, American Samoa is not far from Tonga and Vanuatu, and it is not difficult to understand that it has similar customs.
Source Beijing Daily Client | Reporter Bai Bo
Editor: Wang Haiping
Process Editor Tai Shaofeng