Kate Donahoo was at the top level of US and international judoka from 1986-92. Her career was hampered because women’s judo was not an Olympic medal sport until 1992. Women’s judo was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but the USA only entered three women in that competition. Donahoo was US Champion at 56 kg in 1989 and 1990, and was runner-up in 1991, finishing third in 1988. She was US Open Champion in 1987 and 1989 and finished second in that event in 1988 and 1991, also placing third in 1990. Donahoo won gold at the 1991 Pan American Games, and won a bronze medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games. In addition to her 1992 Olympic appearance, Donahoo placed fifth at the 1989 World Championships.