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The U.S. men's gold medal-winning curling team didn't get an upgrade on its Delta flight back home from the Olympics. 

Mahita Gajanan
February 26, 2018

While the U.S. men's curling team was able to snag a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, getting a flight upgrade to come back home proved more difficult. 

The men's curling team shocked the world after coming from behind to claim gold, beating Sweden for the victory 10-7. Excited about the win, USA Curling took to Twitter to ask for just one more thing: a seat upgrade on their flight home on Delta Airlines. 

Delta tweeted back that while it was honored to fly the gold medal winners back home, the airline had no upgrades to offer for that ride. 

The move went over well with the Olympic team, which thanked the airline for looking into whether upgrades were possible. But elsewhere on the internet, things got a little ugly for Delta. The airline — which had earlier in the day announced it would end its contract with the National Rifle Association for discounted rates in its group travel program amid backlash toward the association following the high school shooting in Florida on Feb .14 — fielded attacks calling its patriotism into question. 

In an email to T+L, a spokesperson for Delta Airlines said its Delta One cabin was fully booked for the Olympic team's flight. 

"We are excited these Olympic champions chose to fly home on Delta," the spokesperson said. "While unfortunately there were no seats available for upgrades, Delta teams celebrated their gold-medal achievement in the airport in Seoul and on board their flight home." 

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