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John F. Russell: Amy Brodie overcoming challenges, wondering if there is more

When Steamboat Springs swimmer Amy Brodie got the opportunity to swim at Colorado Mesa University a few years ago, she reached a level few swimmers in Steamboat have ever enjoyed. But the past few years have been filled with ups and downs, and after making a tremendous comeback this last season, the local girl can't help but wonder what could be.

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John F. Russell: Inspiring love for the game

It's not Major League Baseball or even a minor league franchise, but longtime baseball supporter Dave Roy is hoping the Storm will entice Steamboat Springs locals to head to the ball fields and fall in love with baseball this summer.

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Longtime sensei will begin new chapter in Golden

For 16 years, sensei Michael David Bauk has taught the art of karate to the students of Steamboat Sprngs. In June, he will pass his business onto a new generation of teachers and close a chapter on his life.

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John F. Russell: Driving into spring sports

The spring sports season is in full swing, but many recreational teams learned last weekend that Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate when game time rolls around.

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Referees prefer to go unnoticed but often prove to be MVPs

They get more grumbles from the sidelines than shots on goal, but when it comes to the game of soccer, the referee often plays one of the most important roles.

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Sunshine Kids help turn that frown upside down

Two years ago Noah Elliott learned he had osteosarcoma. The bone cancer eventually took his leg, but last week in Steamboat Springs, the young man from Missouri proved it didn't steal his smile or his enthusiasm for life.

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John F. Russell: Life lessons sometimes take a lifetime to understand

Sometimes in life the most important lessons take us years to fully grasp. Earlier this month I learned a former photojournalism professor had died and I realized the lessons he taught me so long ago are the ones that I use everyday of my life.

John F. Russell: Eddie the Eagle's popularity soared to new heights at 1988 Olympic Games

Back in 1988, the world tuned in to see just how far Eddie the Eagle would fly at the Winter Olympic Games. Truth be told no one ever expected the guy to win, but that didn't stop us from wanting to see if he would land on his feet.

John F. Russell: Panthers, commentators find out why expectations can be so dangerous

Before last Sunday's Super Bowl, game expectations were flying all around Santa Clara, California, like footballs. But when the game came to a close, those expectations had taken their toll and taught players and fans a valuable lesson about sports.

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John F. Russell: Paige VanArsdale isn't about to let a disability define her

Paige VanArsdale has dealt with obstacles her entire life, but the Steamboat Springs High School student isn't about to let cerebral palsy define who she is, or what she can do.

Bill Johnson's bittersweet story helped give American skiing a little swagger

Bill Johnson ignited America's interest in downhill skiing back in the 1980s. it was a love-hate relationship, but in the end, no one can deny Johnson's impact on the sport and his place in its story.

John F. Russell: Fans face disappointment in sports

Sports fans understand disappointment, but what happens when your favorite teams packs up and leaves town.

John F. Russell: The best stories in sports rarely have to do with the score

As a sports writer, I totally understand the importance of the score of a game and the impact of a great result. But I learned a long time ago the best sports stories are normally not found on the scoreboard.

John F. Russell: Drones make impact on ski racing

A hundredth of a second takes on new meaning for Austrian ski racer.

John F. Russell: The things in sports that go over my head

I just can't wrap my hands around excessive celebrations and fights in hockey, but I guess those are things that any good sports fan just has to accept.

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