Jerri Peterson screamed so loud, her whole floor rushed to her desk. Until it happened, she did not know she wanted to carry the Olympic torch, but once the possibility of it happening arrived, she was elated.
"It makes a dream I didn't even know I had come true," Peterson said.
Peterson, who is from Tulsa and now works in Atlanta, was nominated by her coworkers at InterContinental Hotels Group to be an Olympic torchbearer for the 2012 London Olympics. Holiday Inn, part of IHG, is the official hotel of the Olympic games, and 72 IHG employees from 17 countries have the opportunity to carry the torch.
"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'."
She booked a session with a "really good" tattoo artist in her home state of Georgia, and took a friend along for moral support.
Initially she was delighted with how it looked and it was only when she sent a photo of the tattoo to a friend that the spelling mistake was pointed out.
She said: "I looked at it and I was so disappointed. I called my husband and he giggled a little bit.
"Then I started laughing about it and I've laughed ever since."