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Joel Reichenberger

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Sailors swing to second on home turf

Steamboat Springs High School senior Nolan Sankey struggled in a big way in this season's first action, but he was sharp Tuesday playing at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat, helping lead his squad to a strong finish.

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Local racers shine at Steamboat Triathlon

Annual race sustains nearly 40-percent drop in athletes

They dove into a cold Lake Catamount early Sunday morning but that 66-degree water didn’t slow local athletes at the Steamboat Triathlon.

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Youth rodeo provides bumps and bucks at fair

Organizers would like to see rodeo return to the Routt County Fair in a big way but settled Sunday for a junior rodeo that saw plenty of bucks and a few big bumps.

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Big bucks rule at Fair bull riding

Hayden's Chad Day hasn't dedicated himself to bull riding for more than 20 years. That hasn't stopped the 39-year old cowboy from giving his favorite "hobby" a spin every summer.

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Booco looking for his sunset

Family, injuries force Hayden bull rider to consider retirement

Jake Booco can make himself say the word, but he can’t quite bring himself to commit to it. After a long career in professional bull riding, he's considering retirement.

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Racers romp on bicycle built for 2

Steamboat Springs’ Katie Lindquist and Kent Eriksen don’t get tired of the wide eyes or the questions their tandem mountain bike induces, and they don't get tired of winning at the Leadville 100.

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Ice cream awaits in new 50K trail run

The Continental Divide Trail Run returns Saturday with a newer, longer race option for runners.

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Triathles run big in Omaha

A pack of Steamboat Springs triathletes cruised to strong finishes last weekend at the 2016 USA Triathlon National Championships.

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Junior golfers nab a win in Grand Junction

Steamboat Springs' PGA Junior team started its postseason play Monday with a solid stroke, winning a head-to-head matchup with a team from Grand Junction.

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Bulls again set to buck at the fair

Bull riding has come roaring back into the Routt County Fair lineup in recent years, and this year, it’ll be bigger than ever.

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Short on experience, golf team tees off

The Steamboat Springs High School golf team teed off Monday, opening the fall sports season for local prep athletes, and the Sailors' results didn't come as a surprise.

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Queen of Emerald: Boniface leads the way in Stinger weekend

The logic for Kelly Boniface went like this: If you’re of the athletic mindset, and there’s an awesome event in your hometown, you’d better do it at least once.

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From the banks of the Yampa

Steamboat’s summer Olympian Rich Weiss battled the odds and the ice to reach the peak of his sport

It took a sledgehammer for Steamboat Springs kayaker Rich Weiss to make it to the Summer Olympics.

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Mountain bikers rack up results in Wyoming

A pack of Steamboat Springs cyclists recorded strong results last weekend at the Laramie Enduro race in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Ironman more "blessing" than "challenge" for Steamboater

Lyndsay Richter was more than 98 percent of the way done with her race at the Ironman Boulder triathlon last weekend, running the marathon that is the race’s finale, when she made a unique decision.

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PGA Junior squad hoping to roll again

Steamboat Springs' PGA Junior all-star team is back and hoping to duplicate last summer's results.

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Steamboat Wranglers hockey team seeks billet families

Troy Mick doesn’t just still remember the first family he joined when he left home as a junior hockey player, a wide-eyed teenager with big dreams in the sport. He still stays in touch, a lifelong friendship he said he treasures. He's hoping Steamboat families will come forward to help a new generation of young players this fall.

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Riders roll big in Winter Park

The cycling season is winding down, at least for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club summer cycling program. Before it did, however, the club sent a large contingent of riders to the Colorado Freeride Festival Epic XC race in Winter Park, a major out-of-town trip for the club this summer.

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Hayden's Science Ninja rocks NBC

Mitchell VeDepo advances on American Ninja Warrior

Hayden High School grad Mitchell VeDepo was nervous before he took on the city finals course on the NBC game show American Ninja Warrior. He didn't have any reason to be, however. He was heavily featured on the broadcast as he flew through the course and on to the next round of the competition.

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Steamboat sweeps Nordic combined nationals podium

It wasn’t just the fact that he won, Taylor Fletcher said, though, the newly minted United States Nordic Combined national champion was plenty proud of that. He was also thrilled with the whole team's performance.

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Swimmers soar at Western Slope championships

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team weighed in as one of the smallest teams at the annual Western Slope League Championship meet last month in Grand Junction, but the team swam to outsized results.

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Tennis tourney spans generations

The annual Steamboat Tennis Association tournament differs from most that swing through the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs in that it allows juniors players to pair with adults. That made for some decidedly unique pairings at this year's tournament.

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Swiggarts prepare for final Steamboat set

After 25 years of shaping tennis in Steamboat Springs, the husband-wife team of Jim and Stacy Swiggart are stepping down this fall from their role directing the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Expanding triathlon club flies at Spring Creek

The best of it and the worst, the hardest part and the easiest, is the run, Thomas Lewer said. The Steamboat Springs 13-year-old said he likes to swim, he likes to bike and he likes to run. Competing in triathlon, then, is natural.

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Storm Peak Climb makes riders wonder

Many of the riders who take part in Steamboat Springs’ Town Challenge Mountain Bike race series buy season passes for the eight-race circuit. That may be a good thing for a race like Wednesday’s, a grinding climb to the top of Steamboat Ski Area.

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Rugby women grab big win at Boulder

Practice makes perfect, or, in the case of the Steamboat Springs women’s rugby team, practice at least makes significantly better.

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Hayden brothers hanging on to their dreams

Life as a rodeo cowboy comes with its up and downs, and a pair of Hayden-based brothers are trying to make the most of it this summer in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series.

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Steamboat squad advancing in Triple Crown

So far, so good for the Northwest Colorado Storm 14U team in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend in Steamboat Springs. The team has won twice and now has a big game Saturday.

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Spring Creek Memorial still gnarly after all these years

A change to the Spring Creek Memorial Run course went over well last year, and now organizers are hoping for another big crowd at one of the Steamboat Springs Running Series' most unique races.

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Williams, Bingham rank among best at mountain bike nationals

Hannah Williams placed 10th in the 2016 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals cross-country race, and this week, she did pause and marvel at her achievement. Then, one breath later, she began plotting how she could do even better.

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Men's club still teeing off after 50 years

The Steamboat Golf Club's men’s club has been teeing it up since the mid-1960s, and today’s members are intent on keeping the weekly golfing club rolling.

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Covering new terrain and expecting more riders, Tour de Steamboat returns Saturday

It won't be just another year as the ever-growing Tour de Steamboat cycling ride returns Saturday with some major changes.

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Racing and campfires fuel locals in national mountain bike series

Two local riders are at or near the top of the standings in the National Ultra Endurance mountain bike race series, but their participation in the event has proven to be about more than winning races.

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Steamboat Lake tri moves up and on

It’s not easy to move a race that’s become embedded in Steamboat Springs’ summer schedule, and it's even more complicated when your calendar is as complex as that of Without Limits Productions.

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City turns toward flag football in 5th, 6th grades

The city of Steamboat Springs is getting out of the tackle football business.

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Storm takes first game in playoffs

Dalton Smith came through with a complete game pitching Tuesday to help lift the Steamboat Storm collegiate summer baseball team to a 5-3 playoff victory Tuesday afternoon in Gypsum.

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Town Challenge returns Wednesday

The bi-weekly Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series returns Wednesday with a race on Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs.

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Pugh, Clark enjoy Storm-y Steamboat summer

One of two local players on the team, Jesse Pugh, a 2015 graduate from Steamboat Springs High School, said he’s embraced his role as local concierge for the Steamboat Springs Storm summer baseball team. He’s embraced his role splitting time at third base for the squad.

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Cowpie tourney returns Saturday

The Cowpie Classic is back, not necessarily bigger than before but, according to the coach of Steamboat’s side, Julian Bristow, better than it’s ever been.

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Boniface lights up Breck Firecracker

Kelly Boniface is beyond the days of intense focus on mountain bike racing, beyond any sort of organized training and beyond careful planning about race strategy and training schemes. She still rides plenty fast, however, and that led her to yet another podium finish in the Firecracker 50 — a 50-mile mountain bike race in Breckenridge on Monday.

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Swimmers score big in competitions

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team didn’t take a huge allotment of athletes to the Grand Junction Invitational late last month. The squad only took eight swimmers to a meet stacked with 31 teams and some of the best swimmers in the region.

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Suited in pink, Fletcher eyes future

Everything can make a difference at the top level of an Olympic sport, even, Bryan Fletcher insists, the color of the competition suit.

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Crowd packs beneath Howelsen for Fourth

It’s not such a novelty anymore when Decker Dean wins a ski jumping event. 
Dean shone brightly three years ago at the annual Fourth of July Jumpin’ and Jammin’ summer ski jumping and Nordic combined event in Steamboat Springs.

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Waiting the game in Nordic combined

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Ben Berend fought his way onto the World Cup circuit for 10 races last winter. The gruelling nature of endurance sports mean he could still be years away from reaching the top, however.

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Bill's back: Demong leading USA Nordic

Bill Demong enjoyed unparalleled success leading his country in Nordic combined. This spring, he took on a new role in the country's Nordic efforts, and from there, he hopes to pass his success along.

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A decade down, jumping a tradition

It’s as much of a Steamboat Springs summer tradition as tubing the Yampa and almost as much of a Fourth of July event as fireworks, and it takes center stage in Steamboat Springs this weekend. Summer ski jumping and Nordic combined competitions return to Steamboat Sunday and Monday.

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With the right words ready, rodeo set to ride through Fourth

Few consider events like the Super Bowl or the World Series — or even the average NFL or MLB game, for that matter — to be lacking in patriotism. Rodeo, however, is a bit different, John Shipley explained, and he's always looking for the right words for the moment.

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Boyle's no-no lifts Steamboat Legion squad

A no-hitter from pitcher Jack Boyle set the stage for a big weekend of baseball for the Steamboat Springs American Legion team.

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With round and round instead of up and down, Town Challenge to mix it up

Steamboat's Town Challenge mountain bike series doesn't usually tinker with the formula. That changes this week as the Wednesday race will adopt a new format.

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Tri the Boat sweeps South Routt

For many racers, the most disheartening moment of Sunday’s Tri the Boat half-Ironman distance triathlon didn’t come sloshing through the cold water early in the morning or climbing toward the race’s highest point in the afternoon.

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