USA’s very own Kayla Harrison won the first ever gold medal in judo this morning! Harrison beat the crowd favorite Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain by winning 3 out of 4 matches. Judo has been an olympic sport since 1992.  The only medal USA has won in the sport is a bronze, awarded to Ronda Rousey in 2008. Six years ago, sexual assault launched her into the world of judo & she hasn’t turned back. She trains in suburban Boston and before the Olympic Games, was ranked number 4 in the world.

Congrats Kayla! The American judo drought is finally over!