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

Olympic champ Kayla Harrison a mentor and a fighter

08.01.2016

Judo champ empowers others, too Kat Hasenauer Cornetta  Boston Herald Friday, July 29, 2016 http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/07/olympic_champ_kayla_harrison_a_mentor_and_a_fighter

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