Kayla Harrison

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Birth Date: 7/2/1990
Home Town: Danvers, MA
Sport: Judo
Gym: Pedro's Judo - Team FORCE - NYAC
Kayla Harrison is a World & Olympic Champion in the sport of Judo. Kayla made history at the 2012 Olympic Games when she became the first athlete in the history of American Judo to win an Olympic Gold Medal and again repeating her success in 2016 by becoming a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist. Along with her Olympic Gold, Kayla has won two World Titles and three World Medals. Kayla’s judo career has been undeniably impressive. However, it is her perseverance through incredible personal struggles that is truly inspiring. At the age of 16, Kayla brought to light that she had been for years sexually abused by her former coach. As the story came about, she packed her bags for Boston, MA to train with Four-Time Olympian, Two-Time Olympic Medalist & World Champion Jimmy Pedro and his father Jim Pedro Sr. With their guidance and support Kayla persevered through many emotional obstacles and ultimately transforming herself into a strong, confident, articulate woman who happens to be a world-class athlete.
After the 2016 Olympic Games, Kayla is far from "taking it easy". She is currently traveling across the United States giving speeches/seminars for people of all ages on confidence, goal-setting, and perseverance. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Doc Wayne, an organization that provides sports-based therapy for at-risk youth, and uses her voice on behalf of countless organizations dedicated to protecting children and women.
2016 Olympic Champion
2012 Olympic Champion
2010 Sr. World Champion
2008 Jr. World Champion
2009 Jr. World Silver Medalist
2014 Sr. World Bronze Medalist
2011 Sr. Word Bronze Medalist
5x US National Champion
3x Jr. US Open Champion
NYAC Hall of Fame Member
Head over to www.KaylaHarrison.com for her full story and complete list of accomplishments.

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