So Harrison is in Japan this week for a camp with 400 other women. From there, she goes to China for more training. Then there are the Pan Am Championships in Montreal, possibly the World Cup in Miami, then the Moscow Grand Slam and a tournament in the Czech Republic.
Then it’s London, where the mind-script she runs through every night is designed to produce the first gold medal by an American judoka.
If Aug. 2 turns out to be the day Harrison figures it will, she might call it a career, even though she’d still be a contender for 2016.
“I’ve only had two goals in my life—one is to be world champion and the other is to be Olympic champion—so if I reach those goals, I’m probably going to call it quits,’’ she said. “If I don’t win the Olympics, I’ll definitely go for 2016, but I plan on winning it so I plan on putting that gi in the back of my closet.’’
Harrison still would like to go to college (“I’m one of those weirdos who loves school’’), and she’s at the top of the list to be a firefighter in Marblehead, where she lives. For the next five months, though, her purpose is to prepare for one day.
“Honestly, I’m in a really good place,’’ Harrison said. “I just got engaged. I just won a butt-load of tournaments. I’m going to the Olympic Games, the highest stage for my sport, the best of the best. So I’m happy.’’
John Powers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.