U.S. men’s curling team gets loads of offers after gold medal
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Curler Matt Hamilton has been presented with so many endorsement opportunities after he was part of Team USA’s gold medal-winning effort at the Pyeongchang Games that he has had to hire an agent.
“There were a lot of offers from different things coming out and I don’t know how to handle it,” Hamilton said before Saturday’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. “The fact there are companies that want to give me stuff and want me to endorse their products, you feel like a professional athlete when, in curling, I’ve had to work a full-time job and train on the side.”
Hamilton is the most recognizable member of the team that upset Canada in the semifinals and then Sweden to claim Team USA’s first gold medal in curling. The team was recognized before Saturday’s game and delivered the puck for the ceremonial drop by curling it to the center ice faceoff dot on the stone.
Hamilton’s recognition factor is partly from the hype early in the Olympics as he teamed with his sister, Becca, as part of mixed doubles curling team that missed out on a medal.
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The other part grows below his nose as Hamilton has been pitched to endorse mustache grooming products, among other offers.
“It’s getting to the point where maybe in America that maybe we can be professional in curling,” Hamilton said. “We might not make millions of dollars, but if we can feed our families and support ourselves, that’d be a dream come true.”
Actor Nick Offerman, known best for his role on Parks and Recreation, has also expressed interest in playing Hamilton in a movie.
And a movie could be more than just wishful thinking on social media.
Some members of the Team USA curling team are headed to Hollywood next week to meet with producers.
“We have a couple meetings with some movie people,” curler Tyler George said.