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In sea of facial hair at ESPYs red carpet, Olympic curler's mustache takes the prize

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 7/19/2018 Josh Peter
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LOS ANGELES — Among the parade of athletes at the ESPYs on Wednesday, there was only one mustache that helped land an endorsement deal.

The facial hair belongs to Matt Hamilton, who as a member of the U.S. men's curling team won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

His mustache set him apart for TV viewers, and soon after Hamilton returned to Wisconsin from South Korea he joined a new team — the Remington Beard Bosses, sponsored by the razor-maker.

How much is the mustache endorsement worth?

“It was enough for my wife to let me keep it,’’ Hamilton said, with a grin.

His wife, Jen, sounded grateful that the endorsement is a one-year deal.

“I hate it,’’ she said of the mustache. “It’s like his curling ego. …Sometimes I want to punch it off his face.’’

Hamilton, 29, said he is a research and development technician for Black & Decker, which like razor-maker Remington is owned by Spectrum Brands. He sounded humbled by his Beard Bosses team members, who he joins during public appearances.

“These guys go to like beard competitions and I’m like an honorary member,’’ he said. “They’ve got real crazy, intricate beards and I’ve got just a mustache, but…’’

But Hamilton is the the only one with a gold medal.

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