Bob Takano

Bob Takano was born in 1951 in Tokyo, Japan. His father was a businessman and his mother worked at a bank. When he was young, Bob’s family moved to Los Angeles where he attended high school. At the age of 15, Bob enrolled into the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated with honors from USC in 1980. After graduation, Bob took some time off before beginning work as a sports reporter for Sports Illustrated magazine. In 1982, Bob began working as a sportscaster for NBC television. During this period, he covered many Olympic Games including those held in Seoul, Moscow and Barcelona.

In 1987, Bob became the first American to cover the Summer Olympics in Seoul when he was hired by CBS News to report live from South Korea. In 1988, Bob became the first American to cover the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer when he was hired by ABC News to do so.

In 1992, Bob was hired by NBC to become the lead anchor for its coverage of the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In 1994, Bob became the first American to cover the Summer Olympics in Atlanta when he was hired by ABC News to do so. In 1996, Bob became the first American to cover the Winter Olympics in Nagano when he was hired by CBS News to do so.

In 2000, Bob was hired by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) to become the lead anchor for its coverage of the Summer Olympics in Sydney. In 2002, Bob became the first American to cover the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when he was hired by NBC News to do so. In 2008, Bob became the first American to cover the Summer Olympics in Beijing when he was hired by CNN to do so. In 2016, Bob became the first American to cover the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he was hired by NBC News to do so.

Bob won numerous awards during his career. These include a Gold Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for co-hosting The Olympics on Location, a Gold World Award from the WorldFest for The Olympics on Location and a Silver David Award from the Publicists Guild for co-producing and hosting The Olympics on Location.

Bob spent much of his later life in Los Angeles, California where he passed away on 18th December 2018 at the age of 67. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Sources & references used in this article:

Training for weightlifting by J Garhammer, B Takano – Strength and power in sport, 1992 – Wiley Online Library

Coaching optimal technique in the snatch and the clean and jerk: Part II by B Takano – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 1987 – journals.lww.com

Coaching optimal techniques in the snatch and the clean and jerk: Part III by B Takano – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 1988 – journals.lww.com

PROGRAM DESIGN ANALYSIS: K-value—a tool for determining training intensity by B Takano – Strength & Conditioning Journal, 1990 – journals.lww.com