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The Dancing Weightlifter From The Olympics Wants You To Know About His Sinking Home

It's his way of bringing attention to the dangers facing Kiribati.

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People can't stop talking about Olympic weightlifter David Katoatau from Kiribati and his slick dance moves.

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He came in 14th overall in the Men's 105 kg competition at this year's games, but that's not why people are talking about him.

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No, people are talking about him because he's got the hottest dance moves of any Olympians at the games this year.

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After finishing his weights routine, he dropped his barbell and broke out into an exuberant dance routine.

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Wooh!

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Work it, David!

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The athlete's signature dance moves first made an appearance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Katoatau began dancing in celebration at the most recent Commonwealth Games, a competition held every four years between members of the Commonwealth of Nations and their territories. Since then, it's become something of a trademark.
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Katoatau began dancing in celebration at the most recent Commonwealth Games, a competition held every four years between members of the Commonwealth of Nations and their territories. Since then, it's become something of a trademark.

He was also Kiribati's flag-bearer during the opening ceremonies where his dancing created quite a buzz on social media.

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But behind Mr. Katoatau's sunny smile and joyful dancing is his sincere wish to help his country of Kiribati.

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Kiribati is an island nation in the Pacific ocean at risk of being submerged due to the rapidly rising sea level.

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Most of the island stands a meager two meters above sea level.

Current estimates say that the capital of Tarawa will be 80% submerged by 2050 due to rising sea levels brought on by global warming.
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Current estimates say that the capital of Tarawa will be 80% submerged by 2050 due to rising sea levels brought on by global warming.

The rising ocean levels has contaminated the drinking water and fields with salt water.

The federal budget has money set aside to combat the threat of climate change, but there isn't enough for public services such as education, sanitation, and medical treatment.
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The federal budget has money set aside to combat the threat of climate change, but there isn't enough for public services such as education, sanitation, and medical treatment.

According to Reuters, Katoatau wrote an open letter to the world in order to raise awareness for the impending doom facing Kiribati.

The letter was distributed to the Commonwealth Games Federation last year.
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The letter was distributed to the Commonwealth Games Federation last year.

"Most people don’t know where Kiribati is. I want people to know more about us so I use weightlifting, and my dancing, to show the world."

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With this wish in mind, Katoatau lifts his barbells and dances away with a smile.

He may not have taken home the gold at the Rio Olympics, but he's already looking forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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He may not have taken home the gold at the Rio Olympics, but he's already looking forward to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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