SINCE she carved her name into British sporting history last Friday, Beth Tweddle's life has gone, by her own admission, 'a bit crazy'.
Her mobile phone has barely stopped ringing, her in-box is full of more than 100 text messages and she has a string of television appearances lined up, including a forthcoming date with the BBC's Question of Sport team.
But while Beth's profile is rising to new heights, early evidence suggests the 21-year-old gymnast from Bunbury is keeping her feet on the ground.
She could have been forgiven for spending Monday basking in the glow of her glorious gold medal victory at the World Gymnastics Champ-ionships in Denmark but instead the newlycrowned champion of the world spent her first morning back in the UK at university.
'Because I hadn't shown my face for three weeks, I thought I'd better show up,' said Beth, a budding physiotherapist who is in the final year of a sports science degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
'Everyone there was congratulating me. All my classmates were so happy for me. A lot of them know how hard I train and how much it means to me to get this.' Beth, of course, did not get into sport for the fame, but she is not fazed by the attention she is receiving.
'My life's been a bit crazy over the last few days,' said the former Chester Queen's School pupil. 'My phone hasn't stopped. I've had about 150 texts from friends from school, friends from university, family, friends of family...
'It's just gone mad and what I've done probably won't sink in for a few years yet. I've finally achieved my dream.'
Interest in Beth and her achievements has risen to such a level that her dad Jerry - who acts as his daughter's part-time agent - could soon have to relinquish his role.
Beth added: 'On Monday I did Granada Reports and the BBC, I've just heard I'm going on A Question of Sport and I've got Blue Peter in a couple of weeks.
'My dad's just trying to sort it all out for me but I'm looking now to get an agent to do it.'
Beth is now keen to add an Olympic medal to her already-impressive CV.
After returning empty-handed from Athens in 2004, she is determined not to miss out at Beijing
2008. And despite having to repeatedly field questions about when she will retire, Beth is feeling strong and is grateful to her coach, Amanda Kirby, for helping to ensure she stays at the top of her sport.
'People have been asking me about retirement for a couple of years now,' said Beth. 'I've basically said I still enjoy it and my coach has always said that it's my decision when I retire and she'll support me whatever.'
Whenever Beth bows out, it will mark the end of an era for British gymnastics - but she hopes her legacy will live on.
'When you look at footballers like Steven Gerrard, younger footballers see him and think 'I want to be the next Steven Gerrard',' said Beth. 'Hopefully now they'll see that British gymnasts are not just going to the World Championships for a holiday.
'We're going there to win medals and little girls can now start to think maybe one day that could be them.'
That Champagne moment > > >
That Champagne moment
BETH was given a reception to remember after clinching Britain's first ever gold at the World Gymnastics Championships.
She arrived back at the team hotel later than her teammates because she was kept behind for a routine drugs test.
When she finally got back the celebrations were already under way. 'The team had hired the bottom bit of a bar next to the hotel and when I got there I had Champagne tipped all over me!' said Beth. 'They put all the GB flags up and the BBC crew was there. I was competing the next day so I went straight to bed after that, but it was hard to get to sleep!'
Beth's parents, Jerry and Ann, were out in Denmark to witness their daughter's historic victory, while her brother James watched the action unfold on television. Beth spoke to him on the phone soon after and she also made a call to her boyfriend, Dave Clarke, whose dad runs the Dee Miller pub in Newton.
Dave was in the pub at the time and he made sure the regulars gave Beth a big cheer as soon as he answered his girlfriend's call.
Back in Beth's home village of Bunbury, Beth's former teacher Chris Moore was overjoyed.
Mrs Moore, head of PE at The Queen's School, has known the Tweddles since they moved to Bun-bury in 1987.
Beth started at Queen's in 1996 and Mrs Moore said: 'She loved PE and she was also a good games player. As a family, we have followed Beth's progress around the world through her parents, Ann and Jerry, and we have been thrilled by her success.'
Beth's achievements have been recognised by the City of Chester. She won the Chester Junior Sports Award for four successive years (1997-2001) and in 2002 was presented with the Lord Mayor's Cup, confirming her as the top sports personality in Chester.
Rise and rise of Tweddle the medal > > >
Rise and rise of Tweddle the medal
BETH is the most decorated British gymnast of all time.
Born on April 1, 1985, she was brought up in Bunbury. At the age of seven she took up gymnastics at Crewe & Nantwich GC under coaches Charlie Oaks and Fergus Beedham.
After moving to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, Beth won her first British Championships title in 2001 - the first of six successive victories.
In 2002 she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at the European Championships in Patras, Greece, and claimed three medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester - silver in the team final and all-around and gold on the uneven bars.
A year later, Beth became the first UK female gymnast to win a medal at the World Championships with a bronze on the bars. In 2004, there were silvers for Beth on bars at the European Championships and World Cup, but she returned empty-handed from the Olympics in Athens.
While her second world bronze medal (again on bars) came in Melbourne in 2005, there was heartbreak earlier this year when an injured Beth was forced out of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
But she bounced back to win Britain's first ever gold medal at the European Championships - on the uneven bars - before being crowned champion of the world on the same apparatus in Denmark.