John Russell columns


John F. Russell: Ski jumping perfect fit for summer fun

Imagine Bermuda shorts, loud, flowered shirts and a World Cup ski-jumping event taking place on an island with a tropical backdrop. It might sound like a crazy idea, but it's not out of the question with today's modern jumping complexes.

John F. Russell: Finding well-rounded athletes means looking beyond the field

It's easy to defined them by the sport they play, but athletes in Routt County are constantly reminding us that their's more to a book than just the cover.

High school careers come to an end, but lessons learned will not be wasted

It's a sad time of year around high school sports, but while some careers will come to an end, the lessons they conveyed will not.

John F. Russell: Teams should never apologize for winning

Winning is never saying your sorry.

There is no "sorry" in winning.

John F. Russell: Science finds its place in the waters of Old Town Hot Springs

It may have looked a lot like a race across the pool, but on Friday morning, the waters of the Old Town Hot Springs pool became a classroom, and the winners all left the water with a well-deserved lesson in how to test the limits of cardboard and duct tape.

John F. Russell: Referees need to keep the game alive

Finding adults willing to referee children's games is a growing problem and it would seem that it's impact is being felt even in places as sports-crazy as Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Living in Steamboat Springs means living with wildlife

There are not that many places in the world where you can walk down a bike path and come across moose, bears, elk and deer. it's alway a fantastic opportunity, and gives local residents a chance to watch, enjoy and show these animals respect.

John F. Russell: Moose is Loose pays it forward

Former National, college and professional ski racer's golf tournament provides helping hand for future Olympic stars.

John F. Russell: High school championships ready to tee off

The regional golf tournament will take place in Steamboat Springs this week, marking the beginning of the best part of the high school sports season.

John F. Russell: Living with a reputation

Brady may have won in the court of law, but New England Patriot fans will always have to live with team's bad reputation.

John F. Russell: Finding his place on the North Sea

Local hockey sensation Ryan Dingle has taken his talents to the University of Denver, to the National Hockey League farm system and now to Europe. The one thing that has always remained strong is his love of the game and his ability to stay of the ice.

John F. Russell: Packing a few things in before sun sets on summer

The list of things I wanted to do this summer is way too long, but the good news is that another summer is always just around the corner.

John F. Russell: Hanging with the peloton at the USA Pro Challenge

On Monday, I covered my second USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs, and thanks to a BMW motorcycle, I had a front row seat for all the heart-stopping action.

John F. Russell: Remembering the good old days

Friday night's demolition derby thrilled a packed house at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden and reminded me that a good time can almost always be found at the track.

John F. Russell: Looking past the latest and greatest

For years I've believed that buy the best would make me the best on the playing field. But after switching to wood bats a few years ago I've discovered that the equipment doesn't always make the game more fun.