Ed Odeven Reporting

Interviews, features, commentary and archived material.

Special features/columns/interviews

As a starting point, this page showcases a random mix of articles that I enjoyed writing and wanted to cobble together.

A feature on Wat Misaka‘s life. Now 95, the basketball pioneer recently reflected on a wide range of topics in an exclusive interview.


A remembrance of swim legend Hironoshin Furuhashi, aka the “Flying Fish of Fujiyama,” who passed away in 2009.


A look back at when Tokyo was awarded the 1964 Olympic Games, with archival nuggets from The Japan Times in 1959, providing insights on how the big news was reported.


Track legend Edwin Moses, the remarkable 400-meter hurdler, has capably guided the Laureus World Sports Academy for years and crossed paths with a who’s who of the biggest names in global sports. He reflected on his amazing journey as an unbeatable hurdler, the role of sports to help improve society, meeting Nelson Mandela in 2000, and much more.


Recalling the profound impact that Steve Prefontaine made on running during the 1970s. Interviews with former teammates and contemporaries and extensive research helps paint a vivid picture about Pre’s lasting (and still-growing) legacy.


Schoolboy basketball phenom, college star, Rhodes scholar, two-time NBA champ, U.S. Senator, presidential candidate, author, talk-show host …. Bill Bradley has lived a fascinating life. He looked back at his experience in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when he helped Team USA capture the gold medal.


Media scholar Michael Socolow wrote a fascinating book about broadcasting innovations that were on display during the 1936 Summer Olympics, about how the Nazi used radio as a propaganda tool. Decades later, he possessed an insider’s knowledge about rowing at the extravaganza in Germany. My interview with Socolow is combined with details about this labor of love.


How can Michael Phelps be left off a list of top athletes for the 21st century? A column that explores the issue.


Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Kariya, a Japanese-Canadian, reflects on his career, his tight-knit family and the significance of reaching the Hall.


From Cross Country Journal, a 2005 profile of Jack Daniels, who’s been called the world’s best running coach.


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