My Rio Olympics Send-Off Couldn’t Have Made Me More Ready

07.27.2016

My Rio Olympics Send-Off Couldn’t Have Made Me More Ready by Kayla Harrison Location: Home. Three weeks to go. I am in the middle of the final two weeks of training for the Rio Olympics. Two weeks of two-a-day judos and five sessions with my strength coach and his infamous circuits. Sleeping in my own bed helps, but only a little. Almost there. In the middle of the week, my two Olympic teammates, Marti and Angie, and I head to the mall Read more

The Mantra Playing In My Head During My Final Fight Before The Rio Olympics

07.26.2016

The Mantra Playing In My Head During My Final Fight Before The Rio Olympics Location: Budapest, Hungary. Grand Prix. The alarm clock goes off, and I open my eyes. I’m excited. Today is competition day — the last one before I compete in the Rio Olympics. For many, this is a big day. For me, it’s just another day at the office. Another step toward the ultimate goal. After a well-balanced breakfast of an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich, I head back up Read more

A Letter to Youth Olympians

08.27.2014

Kayla’s letter to youth olympians was recently published on teamusa.org. You can find the text below and read the entire article here at teamusa.org. Dear Youth Olympians, Congratulations on making the Youth Olympic Team! What an achievement! I can remember going to London with so much excitement and nervous energy – not knowing what to expect, but aiming high. It was my first Olympics and an experience I will never forget. It was an amazing inspiration just to be there Read more