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John F. Russell: Sled hockey player sets an example for everyone

Corey Fairbanks may not have use of his legs, but he is setting an example that every athlete can learn from

John F. Russell: Changing seasons, shifting gears

The seasons in Steamboat Springs come and go, but they are not always tied to the calendar.

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John F. Russell: Nothing stereotypical about this boarder

Twenty years ago Hal Fischel decided he wanted to try something different. So he turned in his skis for a snowboard and has never looked back.

John F. Russell: Remembering that the game is about more than the score

There was a time when pickup basketball games were found in the driveways of every neighborhood. Looking back I realize that those games meant about a lot more than the final score.

John F. Russell: Remembering that games are about more than the score

There was a time when pickup basketball games were found in the driveways of every neighborhood. Looking back, I realize that those games meant a lot more than the final score.

John F. Russell: Expecting the best from coaches

We expect a lot from coaches, but what every parent hopes for is that their children's coaches will teach them to enjoy the game.

Skiing pioneer Ted Farwell leaves his mark on Ski Town USA

Ted Farwell may not have been born in Steamboat Springs, but the life he led made him a champion in our town.

Top results, never-ending passion leaves lasting mark on sport of Nordic combined.

Pioneers like Ted Farwell set the bar with their results, and set an example with their passion for skiing.

John F. Russell: Bike tires leave their mark on Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Making the impossible look easy is a Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition.

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John F. Russell: Chasing a childhood dream

As children, we grow up dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional athlete, but only a few people will ever get the chance to know what that feels like. But thankfully fantasy baseball camps are available to make dreams a reality.

John F. Russell: Love of the game

I'm not sure if there are softball fields in heaven, but I can say for sure that is where you will find the game's biggest fan.

John F. Russell: Never losing sight of what's important

The important place the Howelsen Hill holds in Steamboat Springs can get lost when you start looking at budgets, the cost of improvements and how to make the ski area profitable.

John F. Russell: World Championships offer Olympic-sized opportunity

It will only take an hour and a half to get to the sight of the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships this year, and will offer ski racing fans in Colorado — and in Steamboat Springs — a rare chance to see the sport they love unfold under the international spotlight.

John F. Russell: Putting a price tag on imagination

People in Steamboat Springs have long held dreams of building an indoor sports complex that would make sports like lacrosse and soccer a year-round activity for the children of our community.

John F. Russell: Finding his love of sports on the stage

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball and soccer star Roddy Beall is stepping into the spotlight, hopefully changing expectations about what is cool.

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