Standing on the medal podium with gold draped around her neck, Kayla Harrison of Marblehead laughed and cried. She thought of all the 4:30 a.m. wake-up calls for weightlifting sessions. All the moments her coaches at Pedro’s Judo Center in Wakefield pushed her to be better. All the times she visualized winning an Olympic title. All that she had overcome — including the sexual abuse by a coach when she was 16. Her lesson for others? “This just proves that you’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be.”
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