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 Kayla Harrison: Olympics

 Harrison is the first American woman to win Olympic gold in judo.

Website: http://kaylaharrison.com/

Harrison is a judoka. She started judo at a young age and started competing on the international stage in 2008. That year she won gold at the Junior World Championships. She also won gold at the USA Judo Senior National Championships, the Fall Classic national Championships, Junior World Team Trials, and the Olympic Trials. 

2011
Gold - Pan-American Judo Championships
2010
Gold - Senior World Championships
Gold - USA World Cup
Gold - Sao Paulo World Cup
Gold - Venezuela World Cup
Gold - El Salvador World Cup
Gold - Birmingham World Cup
Gold - U.S. Open
Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
Silver - Uzbekistan World Cup
Bronze - Rotterdam Grand Prix
Bronze - Senior Pan American Championships
Bronze - Dusseldorf Grand Prix
Bronze - Warsaw World Cup
Fifth - Rio Grand Slam
2009
Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (IJF-Junior, 78kg)
Silver - Junior World Championships
Bronze - Belo Horizonte World Cup
2008
Gold - Junior World Championships
Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
Gold - U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo
Gold - Fall Classic National Championships
Gold - Junior World Team Trials
Gold - U.S. Open
Gold - U.S. Open (Open)
Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (IJF-Junior, 78kg)

She kept the gold rolling in 2009 when she won the USA Judo Senior National Championships and the Junior Olympic Championships, becoming the first American to compete in two JOC finals. She took home her third straight USA Judo Senior national title in 2010. She also took home gold at the Senior World Championships. In 2011, she was the Pan-American Judo champion. 

Harrison qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games. She qualified for the final in London and won the match by two yukos, becoming the first American woman to take home Olympic gold in the judo. 

She has been vocal about overcoming the sexual abuse she endured by her judo coach as a teenager. She is a part of the NYAC and USA Judo National Team FORCE.

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