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John F. Russell: Gary Crawford returns to the sport that gave him so much

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gary Crawford's adress may say that he still lives in Florida, but the Nordic combined legend's heart is still on the jumps hills.

John F. Russell: Learning the parent position

I've learned that being the parent of a competitive soccer player isn't always easy, but it's a position I'm welling to learn.

John F. Russell: Rally in the Valley leaves lasting legacy

Making a difference is what the Rally in the Valley was all about.

John F. Russell: Making today's news, writing Steamboat's legacy

Big stories and everyday events come together in the pages of the Today to help tell Steamboat Springs story.

John F. Russell: How young is too young?

Lucy Li's story is amazing, but I can't help but wonder what's happening to our childhoods.

John F. Russell: This dad finds meaning on Father's Day

The true rewards of being a father have nothing to do with the sports our children play, the clothes they wear or the teams they cheer for. The true rewards of being a father are in the details.

John F. Russell: Deb Armstrong knows what it takes to be a gold medal mom

Olympic gold medalist Deb Armstrong steps aside to focus on being a mom.

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.