One of the most prominent judo competitors in the country
Kayla Harrison began judo at the age of 6. As a teenager, Kayla became one of the most prominent judo competitors in the country. Kayla was the victim of criminal sexual abuse by a coach in her teens. She endured, and guided by fellow Olympian Jimmy Pedro, Kayla went on to make history at the World Championships in 2010, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, becoming the first American Olympian to win a gold medal in the history of the sport of judo. She repeated this same feat by defending her title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Kayla will continue her athletic career in June 2018 when she makes her MMA debut. Kayla supports organizations committed to protecting the lives of women and children. She founded the Fearless Foundation, an organization that shines a light on the darkness that is child abuse, and uplifts the lives of survivors through sport, education, as well as moral and emotional support.