As a world champion, USA Judo star Kayla Harrison is no stranger to the top of the podium. But now, she is setting her sights higher as she aims to make history at the London Summer Games by becoming the first American, male or female, to win an Olympic gold medal for the sport of judo. Watch Harrison talk with genConnect about what she is looking forward to most during the 2012 Olympics:
Harrison recently added another gold to her growing collection of medals as she came out on top over Cuba’s veteran fighter Yalennis Castillo Ramírez, at the 2012 World Cup in Miami on May 10-12. With each win comes more pressure, but Harrison is excited about her chances in her quest for gold in London.
“I would be the first,” Harrison told genConnect of her historic attempt to be Judo’s first Olympic gold medalist. “I don’t think words can really describe what that would mean to me. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.”
The Summer Games in London won’t be Harrison’s first Olympics. She had the opportunity to attend the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as an alternate but is looking forward to hitting the mat this time around.
“I’m looking forward to the entire experience,” Harrison said, “but I’m most looking forward to competing and hopefully realizing my dream.”
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