Nordic Combined

Shirtless Tongan's goal: Don't hit tree, finish and inspire

Tongan cross-country skier Pita Taufatofua joked that he has two immediate goals when he competes in his first Winter Olympic event on Friday: Don't hit a tree and finish before they turn off the lights.

The medal podium is far from the mind of the "shirtless" Tongan, who qualified for the cross-country event despite having taken up the sport less than a year ago and having spent less than 12 weeks of his life on snow.

The 34-year-old Taufatofua said his real long-term goal is to inspire others from the South Pacific to give the Olympics a shot. He's doing a good job so far as one of a very few athletes to compete in the Summer and Winter Games.