Jasmin Taylor said she overcame the "dread" of the ski jump to become the first British athlete to win a Telemark World Championship medal.
The 21-year-old took bronze in the sprint race last week, three months after recovering from a knee injury.
"I did my knee on a ski jump and a couple of weeks ago we actually did some ski jumping," she told BBC Sport.
"I remember sitting at the top with all sorts going through my head, but generally a feeling of dread."
The Telemark sprint race includes jumps, similar to ski jumps, and it was almost a year ago when Ipswich's Taylor suffered knee ligament damage while practicing.
|GB's first ever Telemark World Championship medallist||GB's first ever Telemark World Cup event medallist|
|Bronze medallist in 2012 Telemark World Youth Championships||A top-five finisher in 2014 World Cup|
But she made history when she claimed Britain's first ever World Championships medal in the discipline, in Colorado, USA.
"To overcome that trepidation after an injury can feel like as much of an achievement as anything else," she said.
"You leave the top of that ledge knowing that you're not going to stop until you land at the bottom.
"After winning I was relieved. It was like 'oh God I've done, it I've done it'. And it was at the World Championships.
"I really need to thank family, friends, coaches and sponsors who have supported me through a difficult time."
Taylor, who is campaigning to make Telemark a Winter Olympics event, will now focus on her World Cup campaign.