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

She became the first American judoka to win
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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
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Harrison (in white) won that gold medal despite tearing a medial collateral ligament in her knee while training for the Olympics.

In 2010, she became the fourth American overall
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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.
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As a teenager, Harrison won the Junior U.S. Open in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

When she was 16, Harrison came forth with
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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
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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
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Harrison likes to dance to and sing country music during her workouts, according to a July 19 story in the Wall Street Journal.

She began practicing judo when she was 6
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She began practicing judo when she was 6 years old.

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