Fierce focus key to Kitajima's quest

| Jul 29, 2012

Fierce focus key to Kitajima's quest

by Ed Odeven

Four years after Kosuke Kitajima’s brilliant repeat double-gold performance in Beijing, he begins his quest for an unprecedented third consecutive 100 — and 200-meter breaststroke sweep. On Saturday, a few minutes after noon (London time), the Tokyo native was scheduled to swim in the ...

| Jul 27, 2012

London will launch dreams for millions

by Ed Odeven

You can’t put a price tag on dreams. And that alone has created worldwide fascination for the Olympics for decades now. Yes, of course, you can rattle off a hundred different examples of how the Olympics are about big business and outrageous amounts of ...

Kitajima, softball team showed mettle in Beijing

| Sep 3, 2008

Kitajima, softball team showed mettle in Beijing

by Ed Odeven

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Part one appeared in Sunday’s newspaper. Japan’s Olympians produced magical moments and lasting memories at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Repeat champions captured our attention and solidified their reputation as classy winners, and in ...

China taking small steps to baseball success

| Aug 21, 2008

China taking small steps to baseball success

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — Baseball is experiencing growing pains in China. In order to take a big step forward, China needs time to establish a foundation for the future. By playing in the Olympics for the first time, the China national team paved the wave for ...

Beach volley provides good fun for everyone

| Aug 20, 2008

Beach volley provides good fun for everyone

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — I think I’ve discovered a very important fact: The public-address announcer at the Olympic women’s beach volleyball matches considers himself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth. There’s a contagious, upbeat tone to his voice, and he seemed ...

| Aug 19, 2008

Japan's judoka should be saluted

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — Every four years there are great expectations for Japan’s judoka at the Summer Olympics. Japan’s men and women judoka brought home eight gold medals and two silvers from the 2004 Summer Games. It was an extraordinary achievement. Japan was unable to replicate ...

Liu withdrawal shocks fans, athletes in Beijing

| Aug 19, 2008

Liu withdrawal shocks fans, athletes in Beijing

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — Two billion Chinese eyes shed a collective tear. Their greatest hope, for any of China’s 639 Olympians, to be precise, failed to reach fulfillment. Liu Xiang’s shocking withdrawal from Round 1 of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at National Stadium dampened the upbeat ...

| Aug 18, 2008

Rivals heap praise on fastest man Bolt

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — The Los Angeles Times billed it as the “clash of the dash.” When it was over, however, Usain “Lightning” Bolt had forcefully brushed aside the notion of a clash. Bolt turned Saturday night’s 100-meter final into his own personal showcase, his date ...

| Aug 17, 2008

Opening week creates stories the world over

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — More than a week has rapidly gone by since the Beijing Olympics started, and in that time dozens of heart-warming stories have filled up space in newspapers from Swaziland to Saitama. The Opening Ceremony featured one of the most touching scenes this ...