Tonga at the Winter Olympics

Tonga finally made its maiden appearance at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014. The nation’s token contingent was comprised of luger Bruno Banani athlete and a couple of officials. The small nation dangled 50,000 TOP (about US$ 27,000) to finance Banani’s bid at the Olympics. Banani competed in the men’s singles event and placed 32nd.

Although the 170-island South Pacific nation failed to make it into the medal medium on its first attempt, it has already won a medal at the Olympic Games courtesy of Paea Wolfgramm who clinched the silver medal in the men's super heavyweight division in boxing competition at 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.


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