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(AP) -- The cruise may have to wait. Same with the potential job as a firefighter. (But not the wedding).

Kayla Harrison is having so much fun since becoming the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo that she is thinking about trying again in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"Nothing can prepare you for the Olympics. Nothing can prepare you for that feeling," said Harrison, who had vowed to retire if she won in London. "I have no solid plans right now, but I think Rio is probably in the cards."



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    Known as "the gentle way" in its home of Japan, the country has been anything but docile in keeping a stranglehold on judo's cumulative medal count at the Summer Games. With a philosophy geared toward using an opponent's force against him, judoka go toe-to-toe using a combination of throws, submission techniques, holds and pins in hopes of scoring an ippon. Get introduced to the world of waza-aris, yukos and judogi as the tatami mat takes center stage at London's ExCel Center.

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Kayla Harrison
Kayla Harrison
  • Country: United States of America
  • Born: 7/2/1990
  • Height: 5'8" / 1.73m
  • Sport: Judo
Judo Events for the 2012 London Games have been completed.
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