Not every day you meet an Olympic Champion!!!

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From the left: Jim Long, Kayla Harrison, Cheri Osterhoudt

 

 

 

We met an Olympian!  It was March 11th of this year at the Inverness Golf Club located in Englewood, Colorado.  We attended an annual Liberty Mutual Insurance Conference and the guest speaker was Kayla Harrison.  Kayla was the first American to win a gold medal in Judo.  She graciously posed in a picture with us and her gold medal from the 2012 London games.  Kayla spoke to the audience about her partnership with Liberty Mutual.  She also shared her journey to becoming an Olympian and the adversities she had overcome.

If you are unsure about what Judo is here are a few fun facts on the subject:

  • Means Gentle way
  • Originated in Japan
  • Derived from Jujutsu
  • Currently greater than 20 million people around the world practice Judo
  • Developed in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano
  • In 1964 Judo became the first martial arts sanctioned as a medal sport for the Olympics
  • October 28th (Today) is World Judo Day
  • To learn more about Kayla or Judo try: http://www.usjudo.org