Ranked 42nd in the world at the time, Gibbons produced one of the most inspiring stories of the Games by grabbing an unexpected medal for Team GB, losing in the final to the United States, Kayla Harrison in the -78kg event. The 25-year-old had dedicated her semi-final win to her late mother Jeanette, who introduced her to the sport, by pointing to the heavens and mouthing the words "I love you mum". And after putting judo put in the spotlight, Gibbons has admitted she is still coming to terms with just how special her achievement was - as well as the overnight fame it brought her. "I still haven't come down yet. I'm still on a rollercoaster," Gibbons told insidethegames. "The sport seems to have got a lot more members, with loads more girls turning up at judo clubs. "In those terms, the Games certainly inspired a generation, getting people who may not have known much about judo to get involved. "It's been hard but it's also been great. It is strange being in the supermarket and someone comes up to you and congratulates you. "But then when am I ever going to have the same opportunity to inspire kids and do stuff I may never have the chance to do again? "I want to make the most of it. Minority sports like judo have used the Olympics to show we are great sports and can get kids involved."
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