Kayla Harrison distinguished herself as a serious athlete

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Kayla Harrison distinguished herself as a serious athlete in middle school. In her teens, she rose to the top of her sport in the U.S. By 22, she became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo.

Despite her accolades, the Middletown, Ohio, native hasn’t been very visible in her home country because most judo matches aren’t aired on TV in the U.S.

But technology is quickly changing that: Judo is among the 41 sports of the summer games in Rio de Janeiro that people are able to watch anytime, anywhere, on almost any device. And while fans are watching judo matches, they’ll be able to view Harrison’s stats on sports apps like NBC Olympics and NBC Sports Live Extra.