Snowboarder Jenny Jones was "so happy" today after becoming Britain's first medal winner at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Her bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle, coming on the second day of the competition, was Britain's earliest medal in a winter Games and the country's first on snow.
The 33-year-old from Bristol was the oldest entrant in the final, but showed her experience with her best run of the week on her last attempt. Her score of 87.25 briefly put her top of the standings and though she was overtaken by Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50), who took silver, and gold medallist Jamie Anderson (95.25), her third-place finish was seen as a wonderful achievement.
An emotional Jones was hugged by her mother on live television at the bottom of the course.
Her parents had watched her display of grinding, jumping and spinning that put her on the podium.
She said her first run was "as clean as a whistle" and her second was the best run she could have done.
"I can't believe it," she told the BBC. "I was just waiting because I knew I was going to drop down and down (the leaderboard) but I didn't know how far. I'm just so happy right now."
She also said: "I feel so proud to get on the podium. A few said 'is she past it?' but I did what I could and, thankfully, it got me on there."
Her performance delighted other British sports stars. British Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill tweeted: "Amazing @jennyjonessnow I was gripped!!"
And Wimbledon champion Andy Murray tweeted after Jones's run: "Jenny jones! Is it wrong to hope everyone left falls?"
Liz Nicholl, UK Sport chief executive, said: "UK Sport is hugely proud to have supported Jenny Jones as a member of our National Lottery-funded World Class Performance Programme. It's wonderful to see all the hard work and dedication of Jenny, her coaches and support staff, realised when it mattered the most.
"Jenny winning a historic first British Olympic medal on snow, in the new slopestyle snowboarding discipline, will create a huge sense of excitement and momentum within the team.
"UK Sport has invested over £14 million of National Lottery and Government funding into athletes representing Great Britain at the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and set a target of winning at least three Olympic medals, so Jenny has got the team off to a sensational start."
George Ferguson, the elected mayor of Bristol, tweeted that the city could hold a celebration to mark Jones's medal win.
"#Bristol has to give @jennyjonessnow a great reception on her return!," he wrote in reply to a question about holding an open-top bus parade.
He later added: "Anyone not shed a tear for @jennyjonessnow medal win - will do so now!"
Jones made her Games debut at the age of 33 after her slopestyle discipline was added to the line-up for the first time for 2014.
It is one of the reasons why expectations for British success in Sochi have sky-rocketed with up to seven medals being projected by UK Sport - almost double the previous best.
Skier Alain Baxter won a slalom bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 - but was stripped of it after failing a drugs test.
The competitor from Aviemore in the Highlands blamed the positive test for the banned substance methamphetamine on a nasal inhaler which contained the substance in the United States but not in Britain.
An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared his name but did not secure the return of his medal.
His name was included on a £36,000 sculpture honouring 14 Aviemore-based Olympic athletes which was unveiled there in 2007.
Lord Coe, the London 2012 committee chairman and Olympic gold medal winner, said: "Alain was exonerated so he is an Olympian. He has achieved what most people in their lives dream of doing and he absolutely should be on that roll call of honour.''