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John F. Russell: Falling in love with the game, not the bat

Changes to the adult softball leagues will make the game for aging players like me, but that shouldn't stop us from loving the game.

John F. Russell: 2nd chance gives family rare opportunity to cherish life

A Steamboat Springs family feels lucky after a tragic accident in the Utah desert, but have come to understand the things that should really matter to all of us.

John F. Russell: Steamboat learns that post-season berths best won on the field, not decided on paper

After looking at the teams, the records and the polls, it's hard to understand how the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team didn't make this year's playoffs. It's even harder to explain.

John F. Russell: Time to get back out there

Truth is, when it comes to recreational softball, it doesn't matter if you're good or bad. You just have to get in the game and have fun.

John F. Russell: Kicking off summer at Coors Field

Sure April showers will bring May flowers, but inside Coors Field it always feels like summer.

John F. Russell: Times are tough for the US Nordic combined team, but coach isn't ready to throw in the towel

The U.S. Ski Team has pulled the plug on the Nordic combined team, but head coach Dave Jarrett isn't about to give up on this team, or the sport that he loves.

Tom Southall's story reflects the spirit of a true champion

Back in the late 1970s, a young athlete from Steamboat Springs set out to make his mark on the football fields, basketball courts and tracks of Northwest Colorado. By the time he graduated from high school, Tom Southall had changed the way people in Steamboat Springs, and Colorado, viewed those with disabilities.

John F. Russell: Track allows athletes to spring into spring

The impact of the all-weather track in Steamboat Springs has helped spring sports blossom.

John F. Russell: Alyessa proves that skiing is about smiles, not results

All it took was a couple of runs with Horizon's client Alyessa Yeagher to remind me what skiing was all about — the smiles.

John F. Russell: Christa's story should make us question the things that limit our lives

Last fall, Christa Metzler took a chance and approached Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading coach Summer McParland. What happened next is the kind of story that should inspire us all to take a chance.

John F. Russell: Alpine snowboarder's stories make them worth cheering for

Athletes stories, and their Olympic dreams is one of the reasons they are worth cheering for during the games.

John F. Russell: Olympic magic difficult to protect in age of information

Time difference makes it difficult to protect the magic, and excitement of the Olympic Games.

John F. Russell: The good and bad side of sports are what make the game so special

It would be great if we could just focus on the good side of sports. It would be great if there were never any losers, but in the end, the game just wouldn't be as much fun.

John F. Russell: Sochi Olympics shine light on what's important in sports

For many young athletes the road to Sochi marks the end of a journey, and the chance to tell their stories

John F. Russell: Chasing Olympic-sized goals while making a difference

Paris and Imogene McMahon are hoping to soar to the Olympic games someday, but until then they are setting their goals on helping others.