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Mary Lou Gallup and Jay Readinger rush for a return Friday while playing pickleball on the tennis courts at the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. The pair learned the sport in Florida, where it’s hugely popular in senior citizens communities, and is trying to help it catch on in their new home of Steamboat.

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Pickleball enthusiasts seek to spread sport in Steamboat

Pickleball looks like a mutated version of tennis, or pingpong on steroids: some sort of badminton, racquetball, wiffle ball hybrid. Still, on Friday it amounted to a sweet sport for a trio of couples taking turns battling it out on tennis courts in downtown Steamboat Springs.


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