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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.

John F. Russell: The reasons we play the game

So many athletes from Steamboat Springs have been able to play the games they love in college, but the possibility of a college scholarship shouldn't be the reason to play.

John F. Russell: It's a time to give thanks for the traditions of living in Ski Town USA

Some skiers have made a tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday a bit early in Steamboat Springs as part of Scholarship Day.

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.

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