Celebrating HARD! Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison looks worse for wear as she parties after winning gold
12:51 GMT, 9 August 2012
She's the judo champion to took home the first gold medal in the sport for the USA at the London 2012 Olympics.
So who could blame winner Kayla Harrison for going all out when it came to celebrating her win with a night out on town at celebrity favourite nightclub, Mahiki.
The 22-year-old sportswoman looked slightly worse for wear as she called it a night after what appeared to be a particularly heavy evening out.
Celebrating HARD! Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison looked slightly worse for wear as she partied at London's Mahiki nightclub last night
Calling it a night: A bleary-eyed Kayla had her head covered by her friend as she headed back to her hotel in a taxi after an eventful night of partying
Wearing a billowing white top and black shorts, Kayla was lead out of the nightspot by a male friend, who attempted to cover her face from the waiting photographers as the group got into a waiting taxi cab.
Following her Olympic victory, judoka Kayla had decided to top her outfit off with the best accessory of all – her gleaming gold medal.
Kayla appeared to be having fun earlier in the evening as she was pictured inside the club, grinning widely as she was congratulated on her win by fellow clubgoers.
Careful! Kayla appeared to slightly lose her footing as she took a large stride off the step while clutching her gold medal
At one point, Kayla appeared to lose
her footing slightly as she attempted a large stride off a step while
apparently making her way off the step and onto the dancefloor in the
Kayla took home
the gold on August 2nd, following her final contest against Britain's
Gemma Gibbons in the in the women's under 78kg division.
win came after an incredibly difficult few years, following her
revelation that she was sexually abused by her youth club coach.
Protective: Kayla's friend attempted to cover her face from the waiting photographers
Smiles all round: Kayla appeared in good spirits as she and her friends decided to call it a night
However, instead of giving in to her initial decision to quit the sport entirely, Kayla decided to use her story as inspiration for those suffering the same abuse to take a stand against it.
After the gold medal win, Kayla said: 'It's made me kind of just reflect back on my life. Everything it's taken to get here, and everything that I've gone through.
'I'm America's first gold medalist in judo and always will be.'
Champion: Kayla took home the Olympic gold for the USA after winning the judo final
Competition: Kayla Harrison beat Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons to take home the gold in the women's -78kg judo contest