Frosty weather was one of the main concerns, where temperatures were projected to drop as low as single digits, with even colder wind chills.
But don't tell that to the Opening Ceremony representatives for Tonga and Bermuda.
Two years after going viral for his apparently said just days before Friday's Opening Ceremony that he wouldn't expose himself in the colder climate since he's now set to represent Tonga as a cross-country skier and the country's only athlete at the Winter Games., Pita Taufatofua returned to the limelight in South Korea by, well, going shirtless again. The former taekwondo competitor
Lo and behold, there he was in Pyeongchang, toting Tonga's flag with no shirt, no socks and plenty of body oil.
The Tongan flagbearer says: “I won’t freeze. I am from Tonga. We sailed across the Pacific. This is nothing.”— Mark Staniforth (@markstani1) February 9, 2018
And that wasn't the only demonstration of weather (in)sensitivity, with Bermuda eliciting Twitter cries for an early gold medal thanks to their walk through single-digit winds in, yes, Bermuda shorts.
This, of course, led to inevitable links between Tonga and Bermuda -- a sign of early unity in the 2018 Winter Olympics unlike any other.
Stay tuned for Pita Taufatofua's outfit for when he skis.