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USA curlers win gold, but not a seat upgrade from Delta for flight home

February 26, 2018 GMT

The U.S. Mens Curling team stunned the world by winning the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics, but the improbable feat was not enough to get the team better seats on the long flight home.

Skip John Shuster and company sent a tweet to the airline hoping for some VIP treatment with more leg room than offered in coach on the more-than-14-hour flight back from Pyeongchang to Duluth.

Our Olympic #curling champions are flying home on Monday. Upgrades?!? the tweet said.

Coach Phill Drobnick seconded the request, tweeting, Come on @Delta I think #DeltaOne is calling our name for the gold! 5 athletes and 2 coaches!

No can do, the airline said. There were no seats available for the upgrades, spokesman Michael Thomas said.

We are excited these Olympic champions chose to fly home on Delta, he said on Monday morning

Delta teams celebrated their gold-medal achievement in the airport in Seoul and on board their flight home, he said.

The team of Shuster and his four teammates Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo can expect a rousing welcome when they land in Minnesota Monday. The Duluth Curling Club has planned a welcome home celebration at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport. The team will be escorted by Duluth and Superior Police as they depart from the airport.

A larger party is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Mayor Emily Larson and Superior Mayor Jim Paine will make remarks and present a proclamation and special honor.

Tim Harlow 612-673-7768