"Although the year looked like a success, for me it wasn't. I finished second in pretty much every event that I raced," said Spofforth.
"With everything that went on around Delhi, with all of the talk about people getting sick, it was really difficult to put the focus on swimming and do the best that we could all do.
"It means I've now got a new focus, though. Although I was good in 2009, 2010 wasn't as great, so 2011 needs to be better."
It should certainly be a little less hectic for the swimmer who in 2010 combined her Great Britain responsibilities with captaining her university team.
She led the Gators to victory in the
, the largest an most prestigious inter-college competition in the United States, an achievement which she ranks as the highest in her career.
The reward for winning Florida's first National Championship since 1982 was a visit to the White House and the chance to meet US President Barack Obama.
Gemma Spofforth met the US President Barack Obama in 2010
"Winning with my team was a better experience for me than my world record and my world championship.
"Knowing that you've all trained together for that one common goal is really special and is something I will miss now I've graduated," said Spofforth.
"It was an amazing day, going up to Washington and listening to President Obama give a speech, which was really inspirational.
"I actually shook his hand afterwards and to have now met both the Queen [after the 2008 Olympics] and the President is incredible."
Spofforth is determined to be more focused in the run-up to 2012, blaming over-confidence for her failure to win a medal in Beijing.
One of her biggest rivals for a podium place will come from within the GB squad, in the form of Lincoln 19-year-old Lizzie Simmonds, who
beat Spofforth to European Championship gold
and Commonwealth silver in the 200m backstroke last year.
"Lizzie is a great swimmer and a great friend who I love spending time around," Spofforth explained.
"In the pool is the only time that we have this rivalry. As soon as we're out, it's back to giggles, so there is no anger between us and we're happy for each other's success."
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