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Team USA’s gold medal curlers (John Shuster, Matt Hamilton, Tyler George, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo) thought they could use their major Olympic win as leverage for seat upgrades on their flight home from PyeongChang — they were wrong.
— USA Curling (@usacurl) February 24, 2018
Even Olympic gold can’t upgrade one from coach to first class, as Delta Airlines denied the American curlers for all to see:
Hi, there. Congratulations, gold medal champions! We are honored to be your ride back home! While we don't have any upgrades to offer, we look forward to seeing you on board. Thanks for flying with us! *AJL
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
This probably isn’t the popular hot take, but good on Delta not granting special privileges to some guys playing a sport no one cared about three weeks ago. Also, there are five members on the team. How in the hell is Delta supposed to make that work without pissing off everyone else?
Fortunately USA Curling wasn’t too butthurt about the rejection:
— USA Curling (@usacurl) February 25, 2018