Asked how she looks back on her ground-breaking Olympic achievements in Tokyo, Ariarne Titmus replies with one word.
"Satisfied," she says. "I think that's the word."
For one of the most interviewed athletes at the Games - as comfortable behind a microphone as she is beneath the water - it is a concise response which encapsulates a far more complex story.
It is a story of huge ambition, relentless drive, personal sacrifice and ultimate reward.
Two months after amassing a medal haul of two gold, one silver and one bronze and becoming Tasmania's first individual Olympic champion, Titmus is back in the state of her birth to share her success with the people who helped her begin the journey.
Elaborating on her answer, the distance freestyle specialist explains how the 200 and 400m were always her priority, US rival Katie Ledecky was almost untouchable in the 800m, while the 4x200m - like all relays - was always destined to be the least predictable.
"I had really big goals going in - I wanted those two world records as well," she says.
"But it's a really hard environment to perform in, so I'm just so happy that I could come away with the two gold medals. And I now have other chances to try and break the world records, but the two gold medals were the ultimate goal.
"Olympics is about racing, it's not often about the fastest swimming, it's all about who can get their hand on the wall first, and I'm so happy that I was able to do that at the most important time."
Faced with a schedule which involved competing on six out of seven days and doubling up on two of them, Titmus only really paused to take it in after race five, having won her 400m heat and final then 200m heat, semi-final and final.
"I remember standing on the podium after the 200 and I had nothing that night so I could kind of let myself relax a bit more. After that everything hit me.
"I knew I could win both those events but to do it and be on the podium for the second time I really tried to enjoy that moment and it was quite emotional for me.
"After being on the podium for the 400, I said to (my coach) Dean (Boxall): 'I want to be up there again'. It's a very addictive feeling to win and the higher the level you go, the better that feeling is. And I wanted to feel that again.
"But after the 200 I knew that I probably didn't have as much chance to win the 800. I always said I'd be very happy to get the silver in the 800, to be second behind Katie, because I feel like the 800 is her event. And the field behind Katie is a lot deeper than the other races.
"The 4x200, we all thought we could win but no-one knew that the Chinese were going to swim one-and-a-half seconds faster each than their seeded times. You can't control that."
The brief opportunity to reflect also gave Titmus some perspective on another multiple Olympic champion whose record 23 gold medals included eight in a single Games in 2008.
"After winning two gold medals I told Dean 'I am exhausted - how the hell did Michael Phelps do this and win eight?' I couldn't even imagine doing eight and that gave me so much more respect for what he did.
"As I started to get more and more into the sport and understood what it was going to take, I had more respect for Michael because what he achieved - 23 gold medals - is incredible. I've won two and I know how hard that was. To go to that many Olympics is amazing.
"I have not met him but (US swimmer) Allison Schmitt lives with him and at the Olympics we were talking and she said: 'Michael says good job and he loves watching you' and I was so happy - the GOAT! I look up to him as an athlete and what he did for our sport. I'm a swimming nerd, I'm a student of the sport and love it. So to hear that from someone like him I was so happy."
There was a notable difference to the 21-year-old who flew into the state this week for a series of acknowledgement and celebration engagements compared to the teenager who left in 2015 to chase her swimming dreams and start a new life in Brisbane.
She has the Olympic rings tattooed on the inside of her right arm. And the word "Fearless" on her foot.
Aside from that, however, the former Riverside and Launceston Aquatic member hopes she is simply six years older, and couldn't wait to prove it by visiting her old schools, Sacred Heart and St Patrick's College.
Two Olympic titles complement nine world championship medals and three Commonwealth Games golds to produce an advertiser's dream in high demand for brand endorsement and sponsorship deals.
"It is very full-on," she says. "I speak to my manager more than anyone at the moment. Everyone wants a piece of you and you've got to distinguish between what's really important and what's going to make a difference because you can't possibly spread yourself around everyone. So coming here for a week I think was really important to me.
"I'm really pleased when people tell me 'you're still the exact same person'. I'm so goofy and feel like I want to still be the same person. I really want to try and stay down to earth. I think that makes you approachable and I want to try and keep that girl-next-door vibe because that's who I really am. I feel like I'm still me.
"I saw my cousin last night and he had collected all my newspaper cuttings. He said 'you don't even realise but you were on the front and back page of the paper every day here for a couple of weeks'. When you're at the Olympics you don't really realise what's going on in the outside world. And Launceston's such a small place that I don't really realise the impact that I've had on it, but hopefully being here I will feel that."
Titmus has Commonwealth Games, world championships and the 2024 Olympics on her horizon. She may also resume her studies, is not averse to the idea of working in the media like her parents and does not lack in newsworthy discussion.
She is amused by the Tasmania-Queensland squabble for her ownership, flattered by comparisons to fellow Tassie sporting icon Ricky Ponting and somewhat over the media obsession with stoking a Ledecky rivalry when their relationship is based more on mutual respect.
Next on her busy agenda is Friday's ceremony to become just the sixth person to be presented with a key to the city of her birth.
"Growing up in Launceston gave me a good start to life," she reflects. "I had a great family and friendship base here which really helped me. There's a lot of people you can rely on that have your back and I definitely noticed that during the Olympics when people watched me perform and I was really glad that I could do well for the state. I think Launceston set me up well."
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