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Kayla Harrison wins judo gold

With a win over Gemma Gibbons of England in the gold-medal match, Marblehead's Kayla Harrison has become the first American Olympic judo champion ever. As we wait for details about the victory parade back here in Marblehead (there is going to be one, right?), here's a look at how social media reacted to Harrison's historic victory.


  1. Harrison's golden moment came shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, Aug. 2.
  2. Kayla Harrison Wins First-ever US Judo Gold
  3. We had the good fortune of having a reporter on the ground in London, thanks to our sister paper, the Wakefield Observer.
  4. NBC has started a virtual ovation for Kayla on Twitter... Feel free to join in.
  5. We agree with Kirstie (below). That fiance, of course, is Marblehead firefighter Aaron Handy. We know all the folks at the firehouse are excited for Kayla, as seen by Capt. Mike Porter's Facebook post.
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  7. Harrison trains in Wakefield with the Pedros, Jimmy Jr. and Sr.
  8. Many rightfully found inspiration in Harrison's story of overcoming sexual abuse by her former coach, now serving a 10-year prison sentence, winning her fans even among those who don't know much about judo.
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  12. Harrison's native Ohio, of course, is proud too, and the gold medalist received congratulatory Tweets from 98 Degrees singer/"The Sing-Off" host Nick Lachey and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
  13. Of course, those celebrities pale in comparison to this guy...