Tonga at the Olympics

Tonga first ventured at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984 and has taken part in all editions of the Summer Olympics ever since.

The tiny pacific nation instantly became the smallest sovereign nation to have captured a medal at the Summer Olympics thanks to Paea Wolfgramm who won the silver medal in the super heavyweight 91 kg category in the boxing competition at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.

One of the most well known Tongan Olympic athletes is Pita Nikolas Taufatofua. He represented Tonga in taekwondo at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, and also made an appearance at the Winter edition in skiing. Taufatofua was the flag bearer at Rio 2016 opening ceremony, famously appearing bare-chested in a traditional Tongan cloth wrapped around his waist. Surprisingly he appeared at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in the same outfit, and again in Tokyo 2020.

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