The achievement of British swimmers in Brazil last summer was well-documented, with a total medal haul of six - one gold and five silver - resulting in the most successful performance at an Olympics since 1908.
However, despite the heroics of Adam Peaty, Jazz Carlin et al, swimming chief Furniss wants to make sure the minds of his team are fully focused on the next big task, with the British Swimming Championships just around the corner.
The competition, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from April 18 to 23, is the first time the country's finest swimmers have competed on home soil since last year's triumphs in South America.
"Rio 2016 is history now," said Furniss. "It was a great result for us but we are now at the start of a new cycle, we’ve pressed the reset button and we're moving on. "These Championships will be the first time since the Rio Games where all of our athletes will be firing and trying to make a team for the major summer international events and these are headlined by the World Championships this year.
"We've had retirements, which are to be expected at the end of an Olympic cycle, but we have good depth of talent in Britain and it's important that we start off the new cycle in the right way.
"These championships will be a good introduction as we start to build on the foundations already laid to Tokyo 2020.
"We shouldn’t compare this year to last. This is a new four-year journey. What we did well in the last cycle was to get better each year leading to the Olympics and that’s the target this time around – continual improvement.
"What we have to realise now is that we’ve had a successful four-years and with that comes higher expectations. We need to learn to do it all over again but better than we did before.
"That has to be our philosophy from day one. We need to learn to win after winning."
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