Kayla Harrison repeats as Olympic judo champion

08.23.2016

Kayla Harrison repeats as Olympic judo champion Four years after becoming the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo, Kayla Harrison has successfully defended her title. It just didn’t play out exactly the way she visualized it. Leading up to the Rio Games, Harrison said that she has been taking time to visualize herself winning gold in Rio and “nine times out of ten” she imagined herself fighting her Brazilian rival, Mayra Aguiar. But in the semifinal 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

This Is What Training For The Olympics Is Really Like by Kayla Harrison

07.18.2016

July 18, 2016 Bustle.com This Is What Training For The Olympics Is Really Like Location: Perpignan, France. Middle of Nowhere Judoka Training Camp. Before I even open my eyes, my mind is already churning. So many thoughts are running through my head. Rio is always first. What’s for breakfast? What’s the training menu for today? Am I going to survive this final trip to Europe? Then, when I open my eyes and I try to start moving, the reality of my Olympic Read more

Her First Olympics, She Went For Herself. Now, She’s Going For Other Survivors

07.15.2016

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kayla-harrison-judo-olympics-sexual-abuse_us_57645156e4b0853f8bf0dfd6 Her First Olympics, She Went For Herself. Now, She’s Going For Other Survivors. 07/15/2016 10:08 am 10:08:59 Juliet Spies-Gans The Huffington Post Harry How via Getty Images At the 2012 Games, Kayla Harrison’s sole goal was to seal the gold. Now, she’s fighting for so much more. Kayla Harrison looked up at the judge in front of her and told him that she no longer knew how to be a child. Harrison, then just 17, had sandwiched herself between her mother and Read more

Kayla to be featured on Flea Market Flip “Battle of the Olympians”

07.01.2016

Season 7, Episode 2 Battle of the Olympians It’s a match up of Olympic proportions as two-time figure skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan and her son, Matthew, take on Judo gold-medalist Kayla Harrison and her grandmother, Rachel. The games begin at Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The teams each have $500 and just one hour to find three projects to transform from our Flip List: Balanced Design, Kicking It, Cutting Edge Design. See upcoming air times here: Flea Read more

KAYLA HARRISON AND USA JUDO IN HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP

06.28.2016

  KAYLA HARRISON AND USA JUDO IN HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP Olympic Champion to Operate National Championship and Create Annual Kayla Harrison Cup (Colorado Springs; June 28, 2016) Kayla Harrison, the first ever American Olympic gold medalist in judo, and USA Judo Chief Executive Jose Rodriguez announced today that they had reached an historic agreement whereby Harrison’s company, KHE, Inc., will assume control of organizing and operating the US National Championships for five years beginning with the 2018 edition. It is believed Read more

Kayla Harrison Named USOC Female Athlete of the Month

06.08.2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Outstanding performances during the month of May earned judokas Kayla Harrison and Travis Stevens, and beach volleyball duo April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings Best of May honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today. Harrison made history by becoming the first American judoka to win two gold medals at a world masters event. Harrison defended her title in Guadalajara, Mexico, against rival Mayra Aguiar from Brazil. The Read more

KAYLA HARRISON ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH BUSTLE.COM

06.01.2016

  OLYMPIC STAR KAYLA HARRISON ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH BUSTLE.COM World #1 To Share Her Rio Journey With BUSTLE.COM Readers Lynnfield, MA (May 31, 2016); Kayla Harrison, fresh off a gold medal performance at the International Judo Federation World Masters in Mexico, announced today that she will be collaborating with women’s site, Bustle.com, on a diary-style series based on her road to Rio. Harrison, America’s only Olympic judo gold medalist–male or female–will offer an inside glimpse into what’s it like to Read more