Kayla Harrison

USA Judo

Harrison
  • 2012

Weight Category: 78kg
Height: 5'8"
Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio
Current Residence: Wakefield, Mass.
Club Name: NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE
Coach: Jimmy Pedro
Education: Graduate of West Middletown High School
Current Ranking: #1 in the United States, #4 in the world

Senior World Championship Teams: 2010 (Gold), 2009
Senior Pan American Championship Teams: 2010 (Bronze)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2008 (Gold), 2006
Pan American Juvenile Championship Teams: 2006 (Gold), 2005
Pan American Infantile Championship Teams: 2004 (Gold)

PersonalA two-time National Champion before she was 18, Harrison became the third U.S. player ever to win the Junior World Championships in 2008 after going undefeated to win the 78kg title in Bangkok.  Harrison, who moved up from 63kg to 78kg in 2008, won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo that year, but was unable to compete at the Games as Team USA had not qualified the division.  In 2009, Harrison became the second U.S. athlete ever to compete in two Junior World finals where she won a silver medal. 

Harrison made her mark on the senior international level in 2010 when she became the first U.S. woman to win a World Championship in 26 years, going undefeated in five matches to win the gold. 

Recent Career Highlights 

2010: 

  • Gold - Senior World Championships
  • Gold - USA World Cup
  • Gold - Sao Paulo World Cup
  • Gold - Venezuela World Cup
  • Gold - El Salvador World Cup
  • Gold - Birmingham World Cup
  • Gold - U.S. Open
  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Silver - Uzbekistan World Cup
  • Bronze - Rotterdam Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Senior Pan American Championships
  • Bronze - Dusseldorf Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Warsaw World Cup
  • Fifth - Rio Grand Slam

2009: 

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (IJF-Junior, 78kg)
  • Silver - Junior World Championships
  • Bronze - Belo Horizonte World Cup

2008:

  • Gold - Junior World Championships 
  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships
  • Gold - U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo
  • Gold - Fall Classic National Championships
  • Gold - Junior World Team Trials
  • Gold - U.S. Open
  • Gold - U.S. Open (Open)
  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (IJF-Junior, 78kg)
  • Silver - Korea Cup

2007:

  • Gold - Puerto Rico Open (70kg)
  • Gold - Fall Classic National Championships (63kg)
  • Gold - Junior Belgian Ladies' Open (70kg)
  • Gold - High School National Championships (70kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Open Championships (63kg)
  • Silver - USA Judo Senior National Championships (63kg)

2006:

  • Gold - USA Judo Senior National Championships (70kg)
  • Gold - High School National Championships (70kg)
  • Gold - Pan American Juvenile Championships (63kg)
  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (IJF-Junior, 70kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Open Championships (Open)
  • Silver - U.S. Open Championships (70kg)
  • Ninth - Moscow Super World Cup (70kg)


2005:

  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (Cadet, 63kg)
  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (Youth, 63kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships (IJF Junior, 63kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Judo Association Junior National Championships (Juvenile B, 63kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Judo Association Junior National Championships (Juvenile C, 63kg)
  • Gold - Liberty Bell (Junior Girls 17-19, 63kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo National High School Championships (57kg)
  • Silver - Pan American Cup (Juvenile, 57kg)
  • Bronze - Junior British Open (63kg)
  • Bronze - USA Judo Senior National Championships (63kg)


2004
:

  • Gold - Pan American Infantile Championships (53kg)
  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (53kg, Junior)
  • Silver - Fall Classic National Championships (Senior, 52kg)
  • Bronze - Junior U.S. Open (52kg, Youth)
  • Bronze - USA Judo Senior National Championships (Senior, 57kg)
  • Bronze - Junior British Open (52kg)


2003
:

  • Gold - Golden State Invitational (48kg)
  • Gold - Junior U.S. Open (48kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Judo Federation Junior National Championships (48kg)
  • Gold - USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships (48kg)
  • Gold - U.S. Judo Association Junior National Championships (48kg)
 
Headshot Photo Credit: Karin Schultz Photography

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