Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling (C) poses for a photo with his parents, Colin Schooling (2nd R) and May Schooling (R) as Singapore Deputy Prime Minster, Teo Chee Hean (L) looks on during a welcome home ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on August 15, 2016 in Singapore. Schooling won Singapore's first Olympic gold medal when he won the 100m Butterfly final, beating Michael Phelps of the United States in that race at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

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Airline offers Texas swimmer Joseph Schooling lifetime supply of free flights

Posted August 25th, 2016

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So when does gold get you lifetime platinum status? Looks like when it’s in the shape of an Olympic medal.

Earlier this month Texas sophomore Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first gold medal in history when he outdueled Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics. Because of this historical victory, AirAsia has awarded him with free flights on its airplanes for life. This gift was the second he’s received due to the medal. The country he competes for handed out $753,000 to him as well.

Not only did the airline fete Schooling with the award, but all gold medalists from Asia. Competitors from Asian countries that won silver and bronze were given free flights for five years and three years, respectively.

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