The story revives memories of the success of the Jamaican bobsleigh team that qualified to compete at Calgary 1988, as luge is virtually unknown in the archipelago renowned not for ice and snow but instead for its sunshine and white sandy beaches.
Tonga does not have a particularly strong record in the Summer Olympics either, having just a solitary silver medal from super heavyweight boxer Paea Wolfgramm from Atlanta 1996.
via Tongan who took up luge as publicity stunt set to become nation’s first Winter Olympian – insidethegames.biz – Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games News.
The Tonga team has won nine medals in the final medal tally at the Special Olympics 2013, Asia Pacific Games, that ended last week in Newcastle, Australia.
In the final day of the competition on Friday 6 December, Tonga’s medal tally stood at three gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
via Tonga wins 9 medals in Special Olympics | Matangi Tonga.
Sprinter Tomasi Lolesio Ma‘asi has won Tonga’s first gold medal at the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games held this week in Newcastle, Australia.
Ma’asi won the finals in the 400m run with 1 min 5.61 sec, while Pauli Mahe came in sixth in the same event with a time of 1min 20.30sec on the second day of the competition, 3 December.
via Tongan sprinter Lolesio Ma‘asi wins gold at Special Olympics | Matangi Tonga.
Forget Sonny Bill William’s antics, tropical Tonga has pulled their own version of Jamaica’s stunning Olympics debut – a transformed rugby player is heading to the Winter Olympics in Russia.
It’s the first time ever that Tonga, not known for its snow, has ever been at the Winter Olympics.
via Winter Olympics: Tonga heading to the Winter Olympics… | Stuff.co.nz.