Katherine Grainger fulfilled her Olympic dream on Friday by winning her first gold medal.
The 36-year-old raised her arms in the air as she crossed the line and bowed to a packed stand, after storming to victory at Eton Dorney with her double sculls partner, Anna Watkins.
Grainger feared she would always be the bridesmaid at the Games after clocking up three consecutive silver medals.
After the race she said: "It was worth the wait, I feel this medal, of all of them, is the people's medal.
"I feel so many people have been behind me and supported me and wanted this for me as much as I have."
She continued: "It's off the back of everyone I've ever worked with, everyone I've ever rowed with, everyone who's helped me, going back to my family who were there from the beginning, to my friends at school, university.
"Every single person's been a part of this and it makes the medal seem so much more special."
Their win followed more rowing triumph for Team GB which came when George Nash and William Satch took bronze in the men's pair and Alan Campbell took bronze in the men's single sculls.
This was only the third international regatta in which Nash and Satch had rowed together and they were within half a second of snatching silver from France, while New Zealand took gold.
"It's been an awesome year," said Satch.
"George and I have come up through the ranks. He has a lot more pedigree than me but I've put a lot of work in and in the last six months it has come together.
"It was just awesome to be on that line. We are both quite ecstatic. I don't know if we thought we could do it. I didn't think I would be here six months ago."
Campbell secured his bronze after virtually rowing himself to a standstill to finish behind Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale and Ondrej Synek.
"I just couldn't take another stroke at the end of the race. I could barely stand (in the medal ceremony). I could not get my words out," Campbell said.
"There was a lot of emotion. To stand tall with two of the best guys in the world, you could not ask for more. It will be tough for any other day to match up to today."
The rowing victories moved Team GB up to fourth in the medals table with 19 - six gold, six silver and seven bronze.