Not that the modest PE teacher could quite believe her achievement.
The following day after blazing over the finish line with her partner Heather Stanning, the roar of the 30,000-strong crowd in their ears Helen laughed as she told the BBC: “I lay it beside me, beside my pillow (while I slept).”
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Heather, an Army officer who was given 18 months off to train for London 2012, told the BBC: "We only had a couple of hours sleep. We're just both buzzing; we're so excited about the whole thing."
Its royal chateleine was not at home to hear the wall of noise that greeted their oarsome victory. But her grandsons Princes William and Harry and daughter, the Princess Royal, put their stamp on the celebrations.