Double London 2012 gold-winning cyclist Jason Kenny described meeting the Queen today as "the ultimate pressure situation".
The 24-year-old was at Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE awarded in the New Year Honours.
The Bolton born athlete wowed the nation last summer by winning two sprint gold medals.
Today, he was recognised for his services to cycling - but he felt the wheels almost coming off because he was so nervous.
He said: "It's a bit surreal but amazing.
"The Queen said she was very happy to give me the medal, so I said 'thank you very much'...
"No one compares to the Queen.
"I've been lucky enough to meet her a few times now, and you get 15 seconds.
"It's the ultimate pressure situation.
"I'm not very good with words especially when the pressure's on.
"It's terrible. But yeah, it was amazing."
Kenny, who has just returned from the World Championships in Belarus, sent future generations of British cyclists a message upon receiving his gong.
He told aspiring youngsters: "Just keep going and enjoy it."
Kenny, who said he had been a long way from being included in the Olympic team six months before the Games, added: "Do whatever you want to do that makes you happy and the results will just look after themselves.
"Hard work and be honest with yourself."