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Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison

Olympic Gold Medalist, Judo

About Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison is the only American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Harrison took up judo at the age of six, having been introduced to the sport by her mother who was a black belt.

Harrison, who moved up from 63kg to 78kg in 2008, won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo that year, but was unable to compete in the Beijing Olympics as Team USA had not qualified in their division. In 2009, she became the second U.S. athlete ever to compete in two Junior World ...