Japan exceeded expectations during London Games

| Aug 14, 2012

Japan exceeded expectations during London Games

by Ed Odeven

Sixteen action-packed days of competition — plus a few days of soccer that began before the Opening Ceremony on July 27 — delivered a better-than-expected performance for Japan at the 2012 London Olympics. Perhaps Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Games Organizing Committee, best ...

| Aug 13, 2012

A day in the life of an Olympic reporter

by Ed Odeven

Woke up, got out of bed. . . This is my Saturday routine on the penultimate day at the London Olympics, in the land that brought you “A Day In The Life,” the Beatles’ tune that spawned countless imitators in print and sound: 8:08 ...

| Aug 9, 2012

Coe a great spokesman for sport

by Ed Odeven

What if the Soviet Union didn’t invade Afghanistan in 1979? And what if the United States and more than 60 other nations didn’t boycott the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics as a result? Would Sebastian Coe still have won the first of two 1,500-meter Olympic ...

Olympic spirit pushes Murray to tennis glory

| Aug 7, 2012

Olympic spirit pushes Murray to tennis glory

by Ed Odeven

No one is insisting that the Olympic tennis tournament becomes an unofficial fifth Grand Slam once every four years. It is, however, the closest thing to a major tournament in 2012 away from the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and upcoming U.S. Open. The ...

Phelps makes remarkable look routine

| Aug 6, 2012

Phelps makes remarkable look routine

by Ed Odeven

Let’s be honest, nothing Michael Phelps has accomplished as an Olympic swimmer should surprise us. Not after his perfect eight-for-eight gold medal quest in Beijing. Twenty-one medals . . . and counting. The Baltimore Bullet is a one-man Guinness Book of World Records. Friday ...

Marial epitomizes the Olympic spirit

| Aug 2, 2012

Marial epitomizes the Olympic spirit

by Ed Odeven

There are more than 10,000 athletes listed as participants in the London Olympics. The sheer volume of athletes from some nations is staggering. There are 556 from the United Kingdom, 531 from the United States, 435 from Russia, 413 from Australia, 370 from China ...

Hirai's impact on swimmers profound

| Aug 1, 2012

Hirai's impact on swimmers profound

by Ed Odeven

Valentine’s Day is not associated with a passion for one’s job, but rather, you know, a different kind of affection. Nevertheless, a story published on Feb. 14 by the Asahi Shimbun highlighted Norimasa Hirai’s passion for his job and the guidance he has given ...