Qualification points earned in roller-ski races can be applied for cross-country skiing and Taufatofua almost qualified on that basis alone.
He qualified on Saturday (January 21) for the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang, which runs from February 9-25. "This was the last day of the qualification process".
Pita Taufatofua, who represented Tonga in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has switched sports to compete in South Korea next month.
The flag-bearer from Tonga who walked shirtless in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics will need to pack some warm shirts for the South Korean games. But after crashing out in the first round, the athlete announced he was on the lookout for a new challenge.
The fighter chose to make the switch to cross-country skiing following his disappointing first-round exit in Brazil. But reaching his goal was far from easy.
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"And I thought there is one race left and it's at the end of the world".
Taufatofua drove more than two hours through a blizzard in the Arctic Circle to get to the final race attempt in Isafjordur in Iceland having earlier missed a flight in Istanbul in an attempt to qualify via an event in Croatia. We're in Iceland, and I thought, 'I have to give it all.
"We sacrificed everything to be here", Taufatofua told the Olympic Channel.
"I've probably had maybe 10 weeks all up on snow because there is no snow where I'm from in Tonga so we had to use roller skis and they are the worst things ever made", he said.
Flu season in full swing
Health officials in Orange County say they're seeing a very high number of flu screenings this year compared to last season. Northern District Administrator of Public Health, Judy Smith said 2018 has been a rare year for the number of flu cases.
He remained there being evaluated to start the second half and was officially ruled out at the start of the fourth quarter. Gronkowski, who took the shot to the left side of his helmet, was dazed by the hit and came off the field.
Hundreds of thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington , D.C. during the Women's March , January 21, 2017. Early Saturday morning, marchers packed the platforms along the NJ Transit lines leading to Manhattan and Morristown.
In recent seasons, Chelsea have made a habit of stockpiling some of the best talent in the world and developing them out on loan. Benzema didn't find the net himself, but with the French striker on the pitch Real Madrid looked more unsafe , more fluid.
She said that previous year she felt "a kind of euphoria" walking through the city with hundreds of thousands of participants. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across the US on Saturday for the second Women's March .
Mr Bolton, 54, has refused to step aside, warning before the vote that the party was "probably over" if he was forced to quit. The newspaper published an apology from Ms Marney, who claimed her comments had been "taken out of context".
Republican President Trump has been fighting to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( Daca ) programme. By midnight tonight, they'll have to have come to some sort of deal about what to do with the government funding.
Wade but he says the "chipping away" of the abortion industry will continue at the state and federal level. Some said the flub didn't help Trump's case amid speculation that he is mentally unfit to be president.
But the tentative deal ultimately failed because Trump was an unreliable negotiator, Schumer said. "It's next to impossible". Democrats have attempted to compromise, and even conceded to Trump on the border wall.
More than 100,000 Greeks have protested in the city of Thessaloniki to demand the country of Macedonia stops using the name . Its leader Archbishop Ieronymos on Thursday reportedly told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that "national unity is needed".
Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician in Pittsburgh, says the H3N2 virus is "notorious for causing severe flu seasons". The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there's "widespread" flu activity in all 16 counties.
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According to the ministry, the document includes a lot of provisions showing that the Cold War mentality has not gone away. China's U.S. embassy meanwhile criticised the strategy , saying Beijing sought "global partnership, not global dominance".
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However, a program at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track flu outbreaks was temporarily halted. While those affected by DACA and CHIP are the most visible victims of a potential government shutdown , they are not alone.
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However, the results of Donald Trump's recent medical check-up has sparked an online conspiracy theory - the girther movement. Trump was said to have uttered "shithole" during last Thursday's conversation in the Oval Office, a version backed up by Sen.
Notre Dame vs Clemson basketball
The last time an ACC opponent scored 37 points or fewer was in Notre Dame's 74-36 win over Clemson on January 24, 2015. Avoiding a letdown was imperative to head coach Muffet McGraw . "We won because we have All-Americans and they don't".
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By the time it reached 11-11, Davis began to look distressed, not least after failing to convert three match-points at 0-40. Hsieh's unorthodox style of play is something to look out for when she takes on Poland's Radwanska in the third round.
Freezing Rain Warning in Effect Monday
Environment Canada has issued freezing rain warnings for a wide swath of eastern Ontario and western Quebec. Significant freezing rain is expected with several millimeters of accumulation.
Eden Hazard stars as Chelsea cruise past Brighton
After the break, Chelsea remained a threat on the counter but it was Brighton creating the clearer cut chances. Nigeria's global , Victor Moses scored on Saturday in Chelsea's 4-0 drubbing of Brighton away from home.
'Jumanji' Rolls For Third Box Office Victory
The domestic box-office is in-between franchises this week, giving several new releases a chance to strike at last week's winners. Gritty heist thriller Den of Thieves from STX Films was third on the list in its debut weekend, with US$15.3 million.