Kyla Harrison Wins USA's First Judo Gold Medal After Overcoming Years Of Sexual Abuse

American judoka Kyla Harrison just became the first ever American gold medalist in judo.

She beat the UK’s Gemma Gibbons in convincing fashion in the women’s 172-pound gold-medal match.

Harrison has gotten a lot of attention for overcoming three years of sexual abuse from her childhood coach, Daniel Doyle.

Doyle was sentenced to 10 years in prison after Harrison testified against him in 2007. In the years since, Harrison has left her Ohio hometown and restored her commitment to judo with therapy and the help of the people at Pedro’s Judo centre in Boston, according to the LA Times.

Now, the 22-year-old is the first American gold medalist.

Right after she won gold, she prayed:

kyle harrison wins gold in olympic judo

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Then she thanked her family and friends:

kyle harrison wins gold in olympic judo

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She shared a moment with her current coach:

kyle harrison wins gold in olympic judo

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Finally she took a victory lap with the Olympic flag:

kyle harrison wins gold in olympic judo

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