Lizzy Yarnold led a triumphant Team GB back to the United Kingdom after capping a superb skeleton season with a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Yarnold was in a class of her own over the four runs at the Sanki Sliding Centre, finishing almost a second ahead of closest rival Noelle Pikus-Pace.
The World Cup champion broke the track record with her first run, and her lead was barely threatened as she emulated the success of Amy Williams in Vancouver.
"This year on the World Cup circuit I put in some great performances," said Yarnold at the Team GB press conference at Heathrow. "I think I was on the podium seven times in eight races and I was learning lessons the whole way.
"Once I heard I was selected for Sochi, of course it was my dream to do my best and do myself justice.
"Coming into the skeleton competition, I was so nervous because I had done everything that I could. Anything left was out of my control.
"Once the competition started, the track record with my first run was a complete surprise. I think I was just unbelievably focused on every single corner and relaxed, I felt connected with the sled.
"Looking back on the whole thing, I still can't believe how it went so well. I'm just so pleased with it all."
Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay admitted he was "proud and privileged" of the team, and he insisted the record medal-count would have been higher had the likes of Elise Christie and Jack Whelbourne not endured such misfortune in the short track speed skating competiton.
"Our athletes were well prepared and performed wonderfully well in very tough conditions," Hay said.
"Jenny Jones started the ball rolling with a fantastic bronze medal. Lizzy Yarnold was completely dominant in winning her gold medal, and to have two teams winning medals in curling was a thrilling moment.
"Some of us are disappointed that we may have left a couple of medals out there in Sochi. Our short-track speedskaters did fantastically well and were extremely unlucky not to come back with a medal.
"I'm very proud of the team. I'm not sure about the relevance of comparing with 1924, but we are delighted to have exceeded our target and come back a successful delegation.
"In performance sport you are measured by the medal table and how well you did, and I'm delighted to say our athletes did Great Britain proud."
Jones collected the team's first medal with a memorable performance in the inaugural Olympic slopestyle snowboarding event, which she almost missed after suffering concussion in a bad fall before Christmas.
"In December I had quite a bad concussion, but I had a lot of support from the team physios and that was great," she said. "But I didn't expect to be heading to the Olympics and it was very touch and go.
"But I made it and it was a great experience to showcase slopestyle snowboarding to the world. I think it's been a great success, a lot of people have been excited by the sport - and I got a medal!"
Eve Muirhead skippered Team GB to bronze in the women's curling and revealed the team were spurred on by a disappointing performance in Vancouver, where they won only three of their nine matches.
"Competing at Vancouver couldn't have helped me enough," she said. "We were very disappointed and it took a long time to get over it.
"But I put together this new team, and I knew from the start these girls were 100 per cent focused on the same goal as myself and they gave everything.
"Over the last few years we've had several grand slam wins, and European title and a world title so we knew we were one of the favourites in Sochi.
"We were gutted to lose the semi-final and it took a long time to get over it. But we had to come back the next morning for the bronze medal match.
"Overall, I think the experience from Vancouver really helped. To come away and finish on a high with a bronze medal really proved that our hard work over the years has paid off."
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