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No gold medal for this tattooist: torchbearer's inking spelt incorrectly

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Torchbearer Jerri Peterson from Atlanta, who chose to get a tattoo to commemorate the honour of her role in the 2012 Olympics, was shocked to discover later that the tattoo artist had made an error.

Having waited for over fifty years for the right reason to get a special inking, Ms Peterson was overjoyed when she found that she had been nominated by her colleagues to take part in the relay due to her charity work for the community.

She was less pleased to realise that the permanent marking in fact read ‘Oylmpic torch bearer’ after a friend noticed the mistake.

Speaking to the BBC Ms Peterson said: "I always wanted to have a tattoo but I never quite felt passionate about any one thing to have it put on my body permanently.

"So when I was selected for this wonderful honour, I thought 'that's it - I'm ready to have my tattoo'."

After her initial disappointment, Peterson returned to her tattoo artist who was horrified by the mistake. Despite his offer to rectify the problem, Peterson eventually came to appreciate her ‘unique’ tattoo and admitted that she has ‘laughed ever since’ deciding to keep the original.

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