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Kayla Harrison just judo’d her way to a gold medal

We mentioned Kayla Harrison as one of the 2012 Olympians to watch, not because the Olympics are worth watching (water polo? fwah) but because she could maybe possibly cross over into the MMA world after her career in judo is over and make some serious waves. Now we can update you on how she’s doing at the Games: she just became the first American to win a gold medal in judo with a slick yuko throw. What’s that? Well, it’s when you throw the other person n stuff and then everyone goes “Wow! Great yuko!” Why yes, I am perhaps the most educated blogger to ever talk about judo. Just watch the damn gif already.

(gif via Bloody Elbow. More angles there.)