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Olympics 2012/Shocking story

So in the 2012 Olympics I will of course be rooting for the Lithuanian men's basketball team, as always (if they make it - they still need to qualify in July...*bites fingernails nervously*).

I will also be rooting for Kayla Harrison, USA, to win the gold medal in Women's Judo (under 78 kg weight class). She is the 2010 world champion in this weight class, so she certainly has a reasonable chance! I randomly came across her name in a local publication because she trains out of a dojo in Massachusetts, and they were profiling local Olympic hopefuls. I was of course interested in reading about her because I used to do Judo (if not nearly as well as Kayla) but as I read on, I realized she got her start in the Southern Ohio Judo community, in which I really got my start in competition as well. It was then that I received a shock. (Rather disturbing story under the cut).

Shockingly - as a teen, starting when she was 13, she was sexually abused, for several years, by her then coach, Daniel Doyle, before she confessed what was happening to a friend who took the story to Kayla's mother. (Doyle is now in jail in connection to this. And Kayla seems, happily, to have her life back on track.) Kayla is 21 years my junior, so our paths never crossed, but Doyle, and his father, were people I had met and practiced with on various occasions. This was definitely a reminder of all that we don't know about the people we "know"!


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Jun. 13th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
That is really creepy. Does it change the good memories that you had from your Judo competition days?
Jun. 13th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
No, not really, I have a lot of good memories of the clubs I belonged to. I did spend a week at a summer training camp where Doyle's father was one of the organizers and Doyle, a participant. However, I spent most of my time with other folks in the area, as the Doyles' club was some 50 miles north of Cincinnati where I was living. So I ran into them only when there were tournaments, clinics, and the like that people from the OH/IN/KY areas would get together to participate in.
Jun. 21st, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
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