Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue returned to her home church Aug. 26 to participate in her pastor's sermon and give church members a gander at her trophy.
Donahue earned a gold medal in the London Olympics earlier this month for swimming in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay. She also finished seventh in the 100-meter butterfly event.
The 23-year-old athlete is the daughter of Chris and Connie Donahue. They are members at Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City, Tenn.
The Rev. Micah Nicolaus, senior pastor, interviewed Donahue during his sermon about David and Goliath, part of a series on biblical "Marvels." (See podcasts.)
Nicolaus asked the swimmer about her years of training, then related it to the story of David -- how God had trained and prepared David to win over Goliath through the daily, mundane work of a shepherd.
"I suggest to you that Claire won a medal long before the Olympics. She won that medal when day after day after day she jumped into the pool ... Will we do the hard work that God is calling us to do?"
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See photos at Central UMC.