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Fan in labor misses Jessica Ennis’ Olympic gold, names baby in her honor

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LONDON — Watching Great Britain star Jessica Ennis win gold in the heptathlon at the London Olympics would be an unforgettable moment for any U.K. fan.

But Henry and Emily Lee had another unforgettable moment to attend to that night, rather than using their tickets to see Ennis at Olympic Stadium — the birth of their daughter.

[ Photos: British heptathlete Jessica Ennis ]

To commemorate both moments, and because the Olympic Spirit has made local fans this nutty, the Lees named their baby after Ennis: Beatrice Jessica Lee.

From the Evening Standard:

Mrs Lee's sister Claire Croxall, who told Ennis about the name tribute on Twitter, said of her niece: "Her mum and dad were supposed to be at the athletics for Super Saturday and were gutted when Emily's waters broke early on Saturday morning as they knew they weren't going to be going after weeks of excitement leading up to it, but of course they were thrilled that their baby was arriving.

"Just 20 minutes after Beatrice Jessica was born at Bath Hospital, baby and daddy snuggled up just in time to see her namesake achieve her Olympic Gold. They may not have made it to the Olympics, but they have a little part of the Olympics to treasure forever."

We know what you're asking: What happened to those Olympics tickets? According to the paper, they gave them to friends — who brought the stubs and a program back to the Lees so they can be framed for their daughter.


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