"But then to come away with two gold medals was a dream come true."
Dujardin received an overall mark of 90.089 in the individual event, which was lifted by a mammoth 93.429 for artistic merit.
"I still find it really hard to let it all sink in what I've achieved, because everything happened so quickly," she said.
"From 2011 to 2012 I didn't stop. We just kept going. Then you stop and you sit down and you look back at what you've done and what you've achieved."
It certainly would have made her grandmother proud.