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Tonga at the 2014 Winter Olympics


Tonga at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Tonga at the Olympic Games

Flag of Tonga
IOC code  TGA
NOC Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
Competitors 1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Bruno Banani (opening[1]
and closing)[2]
Medals Gold
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
  • 2014

Tonga made its Winter Olympics debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from 7–23 February 2014. The team consisted of one luge athlete and two officials.[3] A total of 50,000 TOP (about $27,000 USD) was announced by the Tongan Government to support the team at the Olympics.[3][4] The country did not win a medal at these Games.


  • Competitors 1
  • Luge 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Sport Men Women Total
Luge 1 0 1
Total 1 0 1


Bruno Banani competed in luge as the only athlete from Tonga.

Tonga qualified a place in the men's singles when Bruno Banani finished in the top 38 (with a maximum of three per nation qualifying) during the 2013–14 Luge World Cup. Banani, whose birth name is Fuahea Semi, had attracted media attention by changing his name to that of a German lingerie company, as part of a marketing ploy.[5][6] His name change was criticised by International Olympic Committee Vice President Thomas Bach, who described it as being "in bad taste".[7]

In the men's singles, Semi / Banani finished thirty-second out of thirty-nine, with a combined time of 3:33.676, six seconds behind gold medal winner Felix Loch of Germany.[8]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bruno Banani Men's singles 53.656 34 53.637 31 53.162 30 53.221 33 3:33.676 32


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  5. ^ "Tongan rugby player earns Winter Olympics spot",, 20 December 2013
  6. ^ "Luge ‘hoaxster’ name change now legal, just wants to race for Tonga at Sochi Olympics", Vancouver Sun, 1 February 2013
  7. ^ "Luge-Tongan changes name to brand in bid for Olympic glory", Reuters, 11 February 2012
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