Kayla Harrison wins first U.S. Olympic judo gold medal after proving toughness long ago. An amazing champion and woman. (Getty Images)

Kayla Harrison wins first U.S. Olympic judo gold medal after proving toughness long ago

Kayla Harrison wins first U.S. Olympic judo gold medal after proving toughness long ago. An amazing champion and woman. (Getty Images)

In her first Olympics, 26-yr-old Marti Malloy became the second American to ever medal in judo when she took home the Bronze in the 57-kilogram division at the 2012 London Olympics! (Photo: Franck Fife/AFP)

Marti Malloy of Oak Harbor takes Olympic bronze in judo

In her first Olympics, 26-yr-old Marti Malloy became the second American to ever medal in judo when she took home the Bronze in the 57-kilogram division at the 2012 London Olympics! (Photo: Franck Fife/AFP)

The diagram illustrates why it is not as easy to avoid an armbar as some people think. This is an example of three different techniques and the end being an armbar. Ronda Rousey: MMA Fighter and Olympic Judo Champion Demonstrates How Mat-Work Connections Are the Key to Winning On the Ground Let’s say you only know three moves to set up an armbar: throwing your opponent to her back and then doing an armbar; being on top of your opponent in the mount to an armbar or a turnover from your back…

The diagram illustrates why it is not as easy to avoid an armbar as some people think. This is an example of three different techniques and the end being an armbar. Ronda Rousey: MMA Fighter and Olympic Judo Champion Demonstrates How Mat-Work Connections Are the Key to Winning On the Ground Let’s say you only know three moves to set up an armbar: throwing your opponent to her back and then doing an armbar; being on top of your opponent in the mount to an armbar or a turnover from your back…

22-year-old Kayla Harrison wins gold in the Women's Judo 78-kilogram event, becoming America's first Olympic judo champion. She overcame sexual abuse to reach the medal stand.

Emotional journey to the stand

22-year-old Kayla Harrison wins gold in the Women's Judo 78-kilogram event, becoming America's first Olympic judo champion. She overcame sexual abuse to reach the medal stand.

Kayla Harrison Chases U.S. Judo History In London, Kayla Harrison can become the first American gold medalist in Olympic judo history.    What a remarkable capstone it would be for a woman who nearly quit the sport after she was sexually abused by her first judo coach.    Harrison went public with her painful past in a 2011 USA Today story and hopes to inspire others who've undergone similar torment.

Kayla Harrison Chases U.S. Judo History In London, Kayla Harrison can become the first American gold medalist in Olympic judo history. What a remarkable capstone it would be for a woman who nearly quit the sport after she was sexually abused by her first judo coach. Harrison went public with her painful past in a 2011 USA Today story and hopes to inspire others who've undergone similar torment.

Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison wraps herself in the United States flag after taking gold in the women's -78kg competition

Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison wraps herself in the United States flag after taking gold in the women's -78kg competition

USA JUDO - U.S. Olympic Judo Team Member Kayla Harrison Bringing Home Another Gold on Road To Olympics

USA JUDO - U.S. Olympic Judo Team Member Kayla Harrison Bringing Home Another Gold on Road To Olympics

You'll Have An Entirely New Appreciation For Olympic Judo After Watching This Awesome Take Down

You'll Have An Entirely New Appreciation For Olympic Judo After Watching This Awesome Take Down

GIF: USA's Nick Delpopolo's awesome take down of Belgium's Dirk van Tichelt during his round of 16 victory in Olympic Judo.

London 2012: Harrison wins gold in judo: Becomes the first American to ever win Olympic judo gold    Kayla Harrison earns first U.S. judo gold  The most accomplished judo fighter the United States has ever produced closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath. Once heavy with a lifetime worth of nightmares, Kayla Harrison’s broad shoulders rose slightly and then fell.

London 2012: Harrison wins gold in judo: Becomes the first American to ever win Olympic judo gold Kayla Harrison earns first U.S. judo gold The most accomplished judo fighter the United States has ever produced closed her eyes for a moment and took a deep breath. Once heavy with a lifetime worth of nightmares, Kayla Harrison’s broad shoulders rose slightly and then fell.

Kayla Harrison 2012 USA Women's 78k Judo, Gold Medal Winner. Congratulations.

Kayla Harrison wins women's 78-kilogram Olympic judo gold, U.S.' first-ever gold in sport

Kayla Harrison 2012 USA Women's 78k Judo, Gold Medal Winner. Congratulations.

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