Who is Kayla Harrison?

+-

Get to know Kayla Harrison, USA judoka in Rio and 2012 Olympic gold medalist in judo.

Harrison was born on July 2, 1990, in
(Credit: AP / Paul Sancya)

Harrison was born on July 2, 1990, in Middletown, Ohio.

She became the first American judoka to win
(Credit: AP / Ng Han Guan)

She became the first American judoka to win an Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games. That was her first trip to the Olympics.

Harrison (in white) won that gold medal despite
(Credit: AP / Paul Sancya)

Harrison (in white) won that gold medal despite tearing a medial collateral ligament in her knee while training for the Olympics.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
In 2010, she became the fourth American overall
(Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS / Shizuo Kambayashi)

In 2010, she became the fourth American overall and the first since 1999 to win a gold medal at the World Judo Championships.

As a teenager, Harrison won the Junior U.S.
(Credit: AFP/Getty Images / JOHANNES EISELE)

As a teenager, Harrison won the Junior U.S. Open in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

When she was 16, Harrison came forth with
(Credit: Getty Images / Mike Coppola)

When she was 16, Harrison came forth with her story as a victim of sexual abuse by her coach Daniel Doyle. Doyle was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to the bio page on her personal
(Credit: Getty Images / Paul Marotta)

According to the bio page on her personal website, Harrison "created the Fearless Foundation to shine a light on the darkness that is child sexual abuse and to enrich the lives of survivors through education and sport, leading survivors to mastery and enabling them to flourish in all aspects of life."

Harrison likes to dance to and sing country
(Credit: Getty Images for Liberty Mutual / Ed Mulholland)

Harrison likes to dance to and sing country music during her workouts, according to a July 19 story in the Wall Street Journal.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
She began practicing judo when she was 6
(Credit: AFP/Getty Images / FRANCK FIFE)

She began practicing judo when she was 6 years old.

Enter your email address to subscribe to Newsday's Sports Now newsletter

Sign up

By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

By using this site, you agree to our Privacy policy.

OK