(Eds: Also sent in advance. With AP Photos.) By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer In a tin-sided warehouse north of Boston, above Stewy's Custom Cycles along a steep staircase lined with Olympic posters, Kayla Harrison found sensei Jimmy Pedro Jr. and, through him and his dojo, a gentle way back from sexual abuse.
Moving to Pedro's Judo Center after she was molested by her coach in Ohio, Harrison arrived six years ago as a reigning national champion but also a 16-year-old girl in turmoil. The sport her mother first studied for self-defense had brought her daughter incredible anguish. The solution they turned to: judo itself.
''For a long time, I hated judo, and I hated everything associated with it. And what was once my passion kind of became my prison,'' Harrison said in an interview at the dojo - or training studio - as she prepared for the London Games. ''But training at this level and devoting my life to something, like this, I cannot help but love it - again.
''It's caused a lot ...