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Beth Laughlin, a former competitive gymnast, has gone dark on news feeds of all kinds as she intensely follows the sport. But her husband, Will Laughlin, turned out to be the spoiler.
‘‘Halfway through my first cup of coffee, a New York Times alert popped up on my iPad: U.S. women win team gold. The words fell out of my mouth before I knew what they meant or could gulp them back down,’’ he said.
‘‘My wife cocked her head sideways in disgust and said, ‘You just ruined it!’ She still cheered and cried while watching the events unfold on TV, but it really wasn’t the same.’’