Missy swam in a semifinal for a different race, then hopped into a cool-down pool waiting for her backstroke race. "Right after the commercials, in under ten minutes!" NBC touted. I eagerly perched on the couch.
And then NBC played the commercials, one of which showed a teaser for the moment that Missy Franklin saw her parents for the first time after WINNING her gold medal.
Thanks, NBC, for spoiling the race results that I managed to avoid all day just mere minutes before your own primetime showing of her race. It was a suspenseful race, and had I not known the results I would have been biting my nails. But thanks to NBC's inability to put that commercial on the air AFTER she won her gold medal, I watched her come from behind, already secure in the knowledge that she was obviously going to win.