In honor of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, Mathilde gets motivation and wisdom from Pita Taufatofua, also known as the shirtless Tongan, who's a three-time Olympian, author, and perpetual challenge-seeker.
Mathilde: Hi, everyone, I'm Mathilde, co-founder and CEO of Front. I love sharing my journey as a leader and as a founder, but really most of the things I've learned so far have been by talking to people that either are more experienced or wiser than me. And this is what I'm going to do today. I'm thrilled to be here with you to do that with Pita Taufatofua, an Olympic competitor from Tonga. You may know him as the shirtless flag bearer because he carried Tonga's flag shirtless when he competed in the 2016 Olympics for Taekwando. Then he competed again in 2018 for cross-country skiing now in 2020 and is competing once again in Taekwondo, but also hoping to add sprint kayaking to his resume, attempting to make history as the first athlete in the modern Olympic era to have competed in three entirely different sports. Pita, thanks so much for taking a little out of your, I'm sure, super busy training schedule to chat with me today.
Pita: Thank you and thank you for having me.
Mathilde: So, as I said, you've competed in two Olympic Games and two different sports, and I'm sure that most people would say, well, that seems impossible. Maybe you thought it was impossible. So my first question to you was, did you ever think it was impossible? And why did you decide to do it and to persevere anyways?
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