Stranger in first class gives seat to Shuster, city readies to welcome Team USA home

A nice welcome home, after an act of kindness for one Olympian on the return flight home.

DULUTH, Minn. - Duluth is holding a community celebration to honor Twin Ports Olympians.

The city says members of the U.S. women's and men's curling teams, cross-country skiing coach Chad Salmela and other Olympic team representatives will attend Tuesday's event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the program to commence at 5 p.m.

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The athletes will enter under a canopy of curling brooms.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and Superior, Wisconsin Mayor Jim Paine will present a proclamation. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from the Olympic athletes.

Parking will be free until 6 p.m.

The Olympians will arrive home to cheering family, friends, and fans Monday at 5 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport and will be escorted out by Duluth and Superior police.

For one of those local Olympians, men's curling gold medalist John Shuster, the ride home was a bit more relaxing after a nice gesture from a complete stranger.

After USA Curling tweeted to Delta for a possible upgrade for their gold medal champions, the airline replied they were unable to offer any upgrades to the group.

That's when a hero in first class found Shuster, after seeing him win gold firsthand, and offered up his seat.