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Pita Taufatofua | Tonga

Pita Taufatofua burst onto the Olympic stage as the shirtless, oiled-up flag bearer for Tonga in the Opening Ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. In Brazil, he competed in taekwondo and was eliminated in his first bout. (Getty)

10 athletes who competed in the Winter and Summer Games

In the 18 months between the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and the 2018 Winter Games, Tongan Olympic taekwondoka and flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua learned to ski and returned to represent his country as a cross country skier in PyeongChang.

It’s true that most Olympic athletes dedicate themselves entirely to one sport. However, the phenomenon of athletes participating in different sports in order to compete in both the summer and winter Games, is not entirely uncommon. Here are 10 athletes who have competed in both the Winter and Summer Games.

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