Golden return for Harrison as action comes to close at Havana Grand Prix


Olympic champion Kayla Harrison returned to the world stage in style today as she powered to Judo Grand Prix gold inside the City Sports Coliseum on the final day of the Havana Grand Prix. Read more:

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


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 | 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


By Vicki Michaelis | Aug 02, 2012, 4:00 PM ET – 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


By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON, New York Times: 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