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Torchbearer has ‘Olympic’ spelt wrong on tattoo

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Jerri Peterson and her tattoo (Twitter @jerripeterson)

A torchbearer who carried the Olympic flame in Derbyshire decided to honour the moment by getting a tattoo.

There was just one small problem… she gave the job to a tattooist who could not spell the word Olympics.

American Jerri Peterson from Atlanta got the tattoo while still in States and it was only later that she realised the tattoo artist had written 'Oylmpic torch bearer' by mistake.

"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," she told the BBC.

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

Peterson excitedly sent a photograph of the tattoo to friends when she first got it before one of them pointed out the embarrassing gaffe.

"I looked at it and I was so disappointed. I called my husband and he giggled a little bit," said the 54-year-old.

"Then I started laughing about it and I've laughed ever since."

Peterson has been laughing so much that she is not even going to correct the tattoo.

"(The tattoo artist) felt so bad when he found out," she added.

"He wanted to fix it but I decided I want to keep it. It's fine.

"It's the Oy-lmpics - it's as unique as I am."

Peterson carried the torch on June 30 after being rewarded by her firm with a place in the relay due to her charity work.

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