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Pita Taufatofua | Tonga

Taufatofua returned two years later, once again carrying the flag for Tonga at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, where he competed in cross country skiing. He competed in the 15km freestyle race, finishing 114th out of 119. (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.