Japan exceeded expectations during London Games

General | ODDS AND EVENS 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 summed ...

Supporters helped propel Icho, Obara to gold

Olympics | ODDS AND EVENS Aug 11, 2012

Supporters helped propel Icho, Obara to gold

by Ed Odeven

Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, is not known for being Party Central. But that changed in a big way when freestyle wrestlers Kaori Icho and Hitomi Obara doubled Japan's gold medal total on Wednesday, making their hometown proud and bringing immense joy to Tohoku. The locals will ...

General | ODDS AND EVENS 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 ...

Phelps makes remarkable look routine

General | ODDS AND EVENS 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 night's comeback for ...

Marial epitomizes the Olympic spirit

General | ODDS AND EVENS 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 and ...

Hirai's impact on swimmers profound

General | ODDS AND EVENS 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 the ...