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Winter 2018 Olympics: Nigerian and Tongan teams make loudest debut.

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The Nigerian team at the Winter 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

The Winter 2018 Olympics has started on a very beautiful note as delegates from different countries participate in the match past with outfits reflecting their countries identity.

Ngozi Onwumere, Bobsled athlete is the Nigerian flag bearer at the opening ceremony of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Being West Africa’s first Bobsled Team to qualify for the Winter Games is no mean feat and Ngozi, as well as her teammates, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga, are ready to compete.

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Ngozi leading the Nigerian Team during the opening ceremony.

Nigeria’s first female skeleton athlete to feature in the Winter games, Adeagbo Simidele also walked alongside the Bobsled athletes.

Also walking alongside the athletes is former Director General, National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, wearing an agbada and also flying the Nigerian flag.

On the other hand, Pita Taufatofua, despite the 32˚F cold at 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, stepped out in his signature look – Shirtless, with only his Bermuda shorts.

Pita Taufatofua at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.

This is not the first time the 34-year-old athlete has stepped out in this manner. Two years ago at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Rio, he came out shiny and shirtless carrying his country’s flag.

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Pita Taufatofua at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.

This is a clear case of one sticking to his brand.

Pita is known for excellence in his Summer Olympics sport; taekwondo; and his Winter Olympics sport; cross-country skiing.

He is also the first Tongan to appear in both the Summer and Winter Olympics and the only Tongan at this year’s games.

Photo Credits: Harry How and Matthias Hangst – Getty Images.