Kayla Harrison’s Winning Spirit: Takes First U.S. Gold in Judo, Speaks Out on Sexual Abuse

11.27.2012

Kayla Harrison won the first judo gold in U.S. history. But she has a much bigger mission By SEAN GREGORY /  TIME.COM | LONDON | August 2, 2012 | http://ti.me/OsWo1G As Kayla Harrison, who won America’s first-ever gold medal in judo on Thursday afternoon, watched the Jerry Sandusky case unfold back in early November, she’d get in arguments with her friends. Some were saying that Joe Paterno got a raw deal. “It was personal,” Harrison, 22, told TIME during a New Read more

Kayla Harrison: From Victim to Olympic Champion

11.27.2012

By Vicki Michaelis | Aug 02, 2012, 4:00 PM ET – http://bit.ly/NNAbzw LONDON – Since the day last fall that Kayla Harrison first publicly told her story of being sexually abused by a judo coach as a young teenager, she has been focused on using the Olympic podium as her platform for helping other abuse victims. On Thursday, she climbed that podium. After methodically defeating four competitors, after closing her eyes and taking a deep breath, she stepped to the Read more

For Judo Champion, a Painful Path to Gold

11.27.2012

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, New York Times: http://nyti.ms/NOAs5q LONDON — In November 2007, a man pleaded guilty in a federal court in Dayton, Ohio, to illicit sexual conduct involving a 13-year-old girl. He was a judo coach, and the girl was a student he had trained closely and brought to international tournaments. Her name was given in court papers simply as “K.H.” or “the victim.” K.H. was Kayla Harrison, who is now 22. On Thursday she won the first gold medal Read more

What a fighter! U.S. star overcomes years of sexual abuse at hands of her ex-coach to win America’s first EVER judo gold medal

11.27.2012

By Daily Mail Reporter Defeats British fighter Gemma Gibbons, who took the silver medal Says ‘this is my purpose’ after winning gold medal Harrison, 22, endured years of sexual abuse by former coach, Daniel Doyle Revealed her abuse ordeal in wake of Penn State sex scandal Kayla Harrison stunned the world with a gold medal in judo – a first for the U.S. – in an incredible show of strength for a champion who suffered years of sexual abuse at Read more

Pillar of strength: Judo champion finds healing, tough love

11.27.2012

By Vicki Michaelis, USA TODAY WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Early in the morning, late in the evening, and seemingly every hour in between, Pedro’s Judo Center hums with intensity. At any time, Jim Pedro Sr. might be exhorting a student complaining of an injury to “Get tough!” His son, Jimmy Pedro, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist, could be demonstrating a technique with a merciless takedown. Yet in this place, which gives quarter to hard work and little else, Kayla Harrison found Read more