Kayla Harrison, the first U.S. athlete to ever win Olympic gold in Judo, comes home to Middletown Ron Fischer / 9 News
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Homecoming celebration planned for Middletown Olympian Kayla Harrison

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison, 22, will return to her hometown of Middletown, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Harrison attended Middletown City Schools through the 10th grade when she moved to the Boston area to finish high school and train for the Olympics.

On Tuesday morning, she will visit Middletown school children.

"She sets a great example for our students. We talk a lot about Middie pride here in Middletown and Kayla exemplifies all of those things for our kids," said Greg Rasmussen, Middletown City Schools Superintendent. "Performance, respect, integrity, determination and effort and we couldn't ask for a better representative of Middie pride than Kayla Harrison."

In the evening, the city has a big homecoming celebration planned, which includes a motorcade through downtown. Harrison, joined by her high school judo coach, will be escorted by police, fire trucks and a marching band.

The motorcade will kick off at 6 p.m. near the post office at the corner of Reinartz Boulevard and Verity Parkway, traveling south on Verity. The route will continue onto Central Avenue and end at the City Building on Main Street.

Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and line the motorcade route with flags and signs.

Following the motorcade, the celebration will continue with music, skydivers and a speech from Harrison. A balloon release will cap off the evening.

Harrison is the first American to take home Olympic gold in judo.




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