Homecoming queen Lee Lai-shan last night returned to a rapturous welcome and promised to find a way of sharing her glory with everyone in Hong Kong. 'This gold medal belongs to the people of Hong Kong,' she said. 'My family will keep it for a while, but later we will try to find a way of sharing it with the public.' Thousands turned out to greet the Olympic gold medallist at the airport, Tsim Sha Tsui and on Cheung Chau where she grew up. But the first person she saw was her No 1 fan: her 60-year-old mother Lai Fung-choi. San San admitted to being overwhelmed by the support and said what she wanted most was time with her family. 'The happiest thing for me was meeting my mother straight off the plane. I really need to spend some time with her because I did not see much of her during my preparations,' she said. Lee, 25, said her success meant Hong Kong athletes could hold their heads high and told of her intense pride as she watched the Hong Kong flag rise high in the victory ceremony when she received the territory's first Olympic medal. 'That was my proudest memory, watching the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the other ones,' she said. San San, 25, was given the kind of reception usually reserved for royalty and movie stars, but was composed, smiling and laughing with teammates after her flight which was delayed by two hours. After meeting Cheung Chau representatives at the airport, she was taken by government limousine to the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui where she was greeted by thousands more well-wishers. But as she took to the stage inside holding her gold medal, she was overcome with emotion and the tears began to flow. As she was escorted from the centre to the nearby public pier, she shook hands with and waved at her fans. Finally, at about 11.25 pm she boarded a Marine Department launch and headed for Cheung Chau. As she neared the island, her launch was joined by a flotilla of fishing craft. Some 10,000 people greeted her. At a news conference earlier, San San was at pains to remind people not to forget the efforts of her Olympic team mates, saying Hong Kong people should not focus only on her success. 'Whether they have succeeded or failed in the event is not that important. The fact is many have broken Hong Kong records and upheld their mission as real athletes,' she said. Boyfriend and fellow Olympian Sam Wong Tak-sum, asked how it felt to have his fiancee become a star overnight, replied : 'I'm not her fiance yet, but maybe soon.'