Claire Donahue returns to East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) - A home town Oympian is back in East Tennessee.

Claire Donahue returned to East Tennessee Tuesday night and Local 8 News was the first news station to talk to the gold medalist after she stepped off the plane at McGhee-Tyson Airport.

"When I got to come home it was almost a sense of relief and excitement," said the Lenoir City native. "It's cool to think dreams do come true with hard work and dedication is very cool for me."

It's a dream come true for Donahue and her biggest fans, especially her mom.

"As parents our dreams are that our kids dreams come true," Connie Donahue said.

Claire Donahue says she can't wait to sleep in her own bed and enjoy time with her family. Mom says they've got plenty to celebrate this weekend!

"We're going to celebrate my bithday other than the medal you know," Connie said. "Saturday we're going to celebrate my brithday tomorrow and it's always fun when you get all the kids together."

"Now I get about a month break and get to spend time with my family and enjoy it," added Claire.

Claire and her family were escorted home by two Lenoir City Police Officers.

She says she's going to take a break for now then get back in to shape and take it one year at a time.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 165389036 -
Gray Television, Inc.