But as is often the case with high-profile sporting stars, her achievements at the Games drew sniping in some quarters on social media sites.
If they hadn't realized while watching her delight the partisan home crowd, the trolls soon found out that Smith is not one to take a backwards step.
"Doing a sport like this I think you're going to get a bit of stick but I'm quite good at handling that kind of thing," she said.
"I'm really competitive and I like to win arguments. I never let things slide so I just have to take them up on it and say 'Well, why am I a lesbian? Why am I butch?' All this kind of stuff.
"They never have a real answer for it so until someone proves that it's going to change me or the way I am, I am going to keep doing it."
Respected and admired for her display at the Games, finishing 12th in the overall competition, she was also lauded for the head-on way she tackled her detractors.
And her profile was such that many people have been in touch to ask how they can get into the sport.
So how does she look back on the experience of competing in her hometown Olympics?
"It was crazy," she said. "I still can't really put into words how I feel about it. Again I think I was really nervous, I didn't have the best competition.
"I got the British record in clean and jerk which was good. And I just really enjoyed competing in front of a home crowd.
"It was terrifying and nerve-racking; I think I experienced every emotion available to mankind. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I would do it all again if I could."
That is a distinct possibility if her progress continues to climb. And Smith says she'll be better prepared to deal with the size of the occasion when thrust into the cauldron of Olympic competition again.
"In the future I think I'm going to have to use that as a learning curve," she adds. "Take what I did wrong from that experience, maybe be better prepared, and don't put myself through hell a couple of days before.
"I've got the experience of competing on a major stage under my belt now; I can't really use nerves as an excuse anymore.
"I've been there and done it, it's not going to be such a fear of the unknown. It'll be, 'I've been here before, I know what I'm doing, I know what to do.' "