Shelley Rudman will shrug off the vagaries of fleeting fame to concentrate on consolidating her Olympic silver medal in the next World Cup skeleton season.
Rudman will return home to a different world when she steps off the plane home from Turin tomorrow to be met by a battery of media eager to quiz Great Britain's 2006 Winter Games success story.
But despite already snapping up a showbiz agent and preparing for another round of television interviews, the unassuming 24-year-old insists she does not expect to remain a household name.
Rudman said: "I am not a big star and I have got to keep my feet on the ground - I expect there will be a little bit of hype when I get home because I am the only medal winner.
"But with regard to that I am not Kelly Holmes, so I think I have got to be a little bit realistic there."
Rudman's priority remains building on her first top-level podium finish by establishing herself as a regular top-five finisher with the long-term aim of going one better in Vancouver in 2010.
With rivals including gold medallist Maya Pedersen and fourth-placed German Diana Sartor considering starting families, Rudman could begin the next season in pole position.
"I have to set my goals for next year and really aim for the World Championships and the World Cup circuit and then hopefully gold in Vancouver," Rudman added.
World-class performance funding will ease her financial burden but Rudman is still not convinced about giving up her part-time job as a classroom assistant.
"I really enjoy working with children and helping them to accomplish things in their career," she said.
Next up is an open-topped bus ride around her home village of Pewsey.
Rudman said: "That should be really funny because Pewsey is so small so it will not take long. The next two weeks are going to be very busy.
"Then I am just going to relax and have some time to go on holiday and completely chill and collect my thoughts together."
Giorgio di Centa ensured a dream finale for the host nation by claiming an unexpected gold medal in the men's 50km cross-country skiing at Pragelato.
Di Centa held off Russian Evgeni Dementiev by a mere 0.8seconds to send the home supporters wild after the disappointment of Giorgio Rocca's early slalom exit yesterday.
Victory was all the sweeter for di Centa, because his medal ceremony had already been scheduled to take place as part of the glittering closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium tonight.
"I was not the favourite today. But it is a massive emotion for me, and I cannot find the words to describe it," he said.
"Usually someone over-takes me. But today I did not hear any ski noise, and the finish line got closer and closer. I could not believe it."
Di Centa won a final fight for gold which took place in the stadium section in front of a roaring crowd, with Austrian Mikhail Botwinov edged into bronze by photo finish.
Thirty-three-year-old Di Centa had never previously won an individual event in the World Cup. But it was his second gold of the Games following his success in the men's 4x10km relay.
Sweden claimed the final gold of the Games with a 3-2 victory over neighbours Finland in the men's ice hockey final.
Nicklas Lidstrom's goal at 0.10 of the third period saw off the Finns, who were playing in their first men's final and hoping to win their first gold of the Games.
Despite a rousing finale, Swedish net-minder Henrik Lundqvist pulled off a series of fine saves - including a spectacular stop to deny Niklas Hagman an equaliser.
n Alain Baxter claimed a creditable 16th place in the men's slalom in Sestriere in his first Olympic race since the positive drugs test which denied him a bronze medal in Salt Lake City.
The 32-year-old from Avie-more returned to form with two solid runs in freezing temperatures on a difficult course which 37 competitors including Italian favourite Giorgio Rocca failed to finish.
Baxter said: "I started off pretty strong and finished quite strong but I was a bit too passive in the middle and that cost me."
Baxter's half-brother Noel finished four places further back in 20th position, 4.08 seconds off winner Benjamin Raich who led home an Austrian clean sweep.
* Jon Eley rode his luck Steven Bradbury-style but ultimately came up short in his bid for a miraculous Olympic short-track speed-skating medal at Palavela. The Solihull racer seized upon his opponents' misfortunes to squeeze through two rounds and make the 500metres final, only to trail in last behind American winner Apolo Anton Ohno.
His good fortune was reminiscent of Australian veteran Bradbury, who reached the final in similar fashion four years ago and then claimed gold when all four opponents fell on the final bend.
Eley admitted: "I did think a little bit of Bradbury. But the thought of staying out of danger at the back never crossed my mind - because I wanted to go out there and win a medal.
"I had a little bit of luck but I was pleased with my skating and I got to the final, which will stand me in good stead for when I come back to the Olympics in four years' time."
Eley made it through his quarter-final heat after Chinese racer Li Haonan was disqualified. He trailed third of three after a restart only for Italian Roberto Serra to trip on the final bend.
He was even luckier in the semis when he looked out of contention going round the last corner only to be impeded by another Chinese racer, Li JiaJun, who was disqualified.
Under short-track rules if a racer is ruled out the opponent he has adjudged to have impeded is advanced to the next stage - in this case the Olympic final.
But the 6ft 4in Eley's luck ran out when he was given an unfavourable fifth lane draw for the final against a collection of the fastest racers in his sport.
Despite never straying far from the pace, Eley was left to watch from the back as Ohno denied South Korean favourite Hyun-Soo Ahn a clean sweep of short-track golds. ..SUPL: