Beth Tweddle believes Great Britain's future gymnastics prospects are strong after announcing her retirement from the sport.
The 28-year-old has long been the British trailblazer in the sport and confirmed her career was over a year to the day after collecting uneven bars bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Tweddle, who became the first British world champion in 2006, was for some time the team talisman, but now others have stepped up to consistently perform on the global stage.
"You don't realise how much you are that pioneering person until you step back away from it," Tweddle told Press Association Sport.
"When we use to go to World Championships it was, 'What's Beth going to bring home?'. Now it's, 'What are British Gymnastics going to do?'.
"Last year (at London 2012) we had a target of one to two medals; we came home with four medals. British Gymnastics is really looking bright for the future.
"The boys are flying high and once you get on a roll it really helps with that belief within the camp. The girls have got the younger generation coming through."
Tweddle took time to reflect on her long and distinguished career after finally adding an Olympic medal to her collection at the O2 Arena last summer, before deciding it was right to bow out at the top.
"It's a strange sense, knowing I've finally bitten the bullet and announced my retirement," the three-time world champion and six-time European gold medallist added.
"It took me 20 years to achieve that dream (an Olympic medal) and it meant so much."
Tweddle was speaking in London, at the launch of the first athlete-led legacy programme on the Olympic site.
The Beth Tweddle Academy will form part of a national programme to provide the opportunity for as many children as possible to take up gymnastics and will be based at Chobham Academy, a new school which opens next month in East Village, the new residential development on the site of the London 2012 Athletes' Village.
"I want them to have that doorstep opportunity to have a go at gymnastics," she said.
"My main priority is getting them involved and letting them have fun."