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Joel Reichenberger

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Outsized dreams drive small-statured Seymour

Steamboat Springs' Jett Seymour is waiting on a growth spurt that could thrust him into the elite of the country's young skiers. In the meantime, he's focused on mastering the technical side of his sport.

Steamboat girls tennis team sweeps Durango

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had no problems Thursday in a dual against Durango, earning a sweep in a dual.

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1st-half flurry lifts Steamboat girls soccer over Eagle Valley

The Sailors poured in three goals in an 11-minute span of the first half to roll to a 4-1 victory Thursday against Eagle Valley.

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Storm Klomhaus tallies another win in U16 races

U.S. Ski Academy skier Storm Klomhaus has flown by the competition in Steamboat Springs, winning Thursday for a third time at the Rocky/Central U16 Regional Championships.

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Vagabond a perfect host for growing speedsters at U16 Regional Championships

The Rocky/Central U16 Regional Championships skied into its second day Wednesday under a bright sun and beautiful blue skies, roaring down Vagabond at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Middle school wrestlers come out on top

Routt County middle schools wrestling teams came away with a heap of podium performances Saturday at the Carl Ramunno Invitational tournament at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

A breakthrough season, including Saturday's win, hasn't changed life for Taylor Gold

Taylor Gold went from the U.S. snowboarding rookie team to the Olympics and, Saturday, the championship in the U.S. Open, but he said he's still just a guy who loves to snowboard.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse blows by Glenwood

The Steamboat boys lacrosse team opened its season Saturday with a 21-0 win against Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat snowboarder Taylor Gold wins US Open

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Taylor Gold flew to the top of the field to win the U.S. Open on Saturday in Vail.

Soroco girls basketball loses for 4th time against Meeker

Meeker beat the Soroco High School girls basketball team in the regional championship game, 49-37.

Steamboat tennis falls at Fruita, 4-3

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team took the court without two of its regular singles players, and on Saturday it couldn’t climb out of that hole. It fell, 4-3, against Fruita-Monument.

Battle Mountain too much for Steamboat girls soccer team

Battle Mountain roared in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, blasting the Sailors, 5-0, for a big early-season victory.

Steamboat tennis squad wins 5-2 against Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had to dig deep and playing Friday against Aspen the Sailors dug up a big early season win.

Soroco girls basketball wins, advances to regional championship game

The Soroco High School girls basketball team notched one upset Friday in a 61-58 win against Sangre de Cristo on Friday, and now, it's hoping for another Saturday against league rival Meeker in the regional championship game.

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Steamboat Pentathlon remains a local favorite in its 23rd year

The Steamboat Pentathlon is back Saturday for its 23rd edition. Little has changed in that span for the race, which is hoping to attract a larger crowd but still remains a popular event for Steamboat locals.

Steamboat girls lacrosse squad falls in season opener

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team fell, 19-3, on Thursday in its season-opening game.

Steamboat girls soccer opens with 1-0 win against Summit

A late second-half goal gave the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team a sweet start to the season Thursday.

Demong 10th at World Cup

Billy Demong was 10th, skiing up 10 spots Thursday to start the second-to-last weekend of Nordic combined World Cup competition.

Athletes into the action at Nordic Junior Nationals

A third-place finish from Gretchen Burkholder helped lead the way for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes competing at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Junior Nordic Skiing National Championships at Stowe, Vt.

Joel Reichenberger: On home turf in Sochi

People always wonder why we’re here — at first, anyway. They’re surprised we sent one reporter and even more so that we sent two. In some sense, it seems important to the brand, the paper’s and Steamboat’s, to have Ski Town USA staff the Olympics. If you’d asked me in January before we left, I’d have said, “We can cover our local athletes better than anyone else.”

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4,478 clicks: Two days producing 26 photographs at the Olympic Games

Photographing the Olympics is both the easiest and hardest of assignments.

Joel Reichenberger: The best and worst of the Olympics

Our best event was the U.S. men's hockey game against Russia. Our best night out involved a member of the U.S. halfpipe snowboard team and the stupidest thing I did involved losing something important on the first day of the Olympics. Here's my list of the best and worst of covering the Olympics.

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Difficult day leaves Reiter's emotions mixed

Justin Reiter didn’t come to the Olympics with a dream. The Olympics was the dream, but even if his visions weren’t dependent on gold and glory, they didn’t include misses in both of his events.

Joel Reichenberger: Saying my goodbyes to a great Olympics

After 18 days in Russia, things have finally started to make sense.

Joel Reichenberger: 2014 Games about hard work, not hardware for US Nordic combined team

The somber message that echoed Tuesday at a rainy RusSki Gorki Jumping complex in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia was that this was not 2010. That can be something to embrace.

Joel Reichenberger: Looking for the real Russia

Security guard Alex may be the best link to "real Russia" at the Olympics.

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Gone in a flash: A blur of activity

Photography is all about decisions. In a dark arena, do you accept grainy photos or the chance for some blur? At the Olympics, do you go out on the course and get a good action shot, or hope someone you care about wins and get a gold-medal-reaction shot? Trying to go to as m

Joel Reichenberger: Saturday's game about hockey, not hate

Saturday was about pride, not spite, hockey not hate, and even after a great hockey game, the end a bitter pill for one nation, it was that peace that shone through.

Joel Reichenberger: Celebration postponed

Waking at 6 a.m. to watch a college basketball game may seem like a good idea sometimes, but 4 a.m. is not one of those times.

Joel Reichenberger: Bad results, not bad days, at Olympics

This is not what I expected, and I’m not talking about the lack of authentic Russian food in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, the weather so warm you barely need a coat or even the presence of Russian cheerleaders pom-poms and all — at many Olympic venues. I’m talking about the success of the United States athletes we’re here to cover.

Steamboat snowboarder Arielle Gold injured, out of Olympic half-pipe event

Arielle Gold’s Olympics came to an end in devastating fashion Wednesday as the Steamboat Springs snowboarder was forced to withdraw from the afternoon’s women’s half-pipe competition after sustaining a shoulder injury in training before the qualification round.

Joel Reichenberger: Breaking journalism's Golden rule

It's hard to cheer for athletes I cover but it was hard not to root for Taylor Gold.

Joel Reichenberger: Trying to avoid the cover curse

I may have cursed Steamboat Springs half-pipe snowboarder Arielle Gold. Oops.

Joel Reichenberger: Volunteers' power is powered by Olympics

One of the many things that are changing quickly at the 2014 Winter Olympics is Russia is the makeup of the volunteer force.

Joel Reichenberger: I'll sleep in Steamboat

The Olympics is the event that doesn’t sleep, and I haven’t much, either.

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Lodwick jumps for joy Sunday in Sochi

Todd Lodwick was thrilled Sunday to be back in action, participating in the first Nordic combined training jumps at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Joel Reichenberger: No small sports at Olympics, only small countries

At the Olympics, they have cheerleaders and a marching band for the halftime of speedskating events.

Joel Reichenberger: My Olympic Facebook faux pas

I’d never heard the term “fanned out." Unfortunately, as soon as I heard it, I knew I had once violated it.

Joel Reichenberger: In security and English, Sochi is trying

The first time I met Alex, the security guard posted at the door of our condo building, we exchanged names and a handshake, and as I walked away he hollered, calling me back. Very slowly, very deliberately, he added one final thing: “Hello. Good. Luck!”

Joel Reichenberger: It's about the games, not the gaffes

There's a communal spirit that defines these Olympics. We all feel part of them, and Friday night's opening ceremony celebrated that fact.

Joel Reichenberger: Busted on the Olympics' buses

The early story of these Olympics, aside from terrorism fears, has been the lack of preparedness at media hotels. It's the buses that have us talking.

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Joel Reichenberger: 'Thank you' a key phrase in journey to Sochi

The first Russian word I learned was “spasibo," and it was an important one.

Joel Reichenberger: Seizing the opportunity in Sochi

I’ve wondered in the past what advantages Steamboat Springs bestows on its athletes, and what opportunities it has afforded me.

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Sibling rivalry highlights tennis tournament

At least in one Steamboat Springs household on Sunday the “big matchup” didn’t have anything to do with Peyton Manning.

Steamboat, Hayden wrestling teams shine

Both the Steamboat and Hayden high school wrestling teams had strong weekends heading into Wednesday's Routt County Triangular.

Luppes-less Tigers trying to build stamina

Without coach Mike Luppes, the Tigers continued to deal with the injuries that defined the early portion of its schedule and lost twice — on Friday, 45-36, to Rangely and Saturday, 65-45, to Meeker.

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For gold, by the Golds: Steamboat's brother-sister snowboarding duo relate their journey to the Olympics

In many ways, the rise of Steamboat Springs siblings Taylor and Arielle Gold to the U.S. Olympic half-pipe snowboarding team has been meteoric. Even just 13 months ago, neither would have been projected to make the trip to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics. Yet here they both are, cemented as two of the best riders in the United States. At the same time, nothing about their climb to the top of the snowboarding world has been quick. It’s taken years of training, incredible vision and outstanding confidence. This is that story — their journey, the highlights and the hard work — in their own words and the words of their friends, family and coaches who were there every step of the way. This is the story of the Golds, by the Golds.

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Steamboat to Sochi: Nordic combined team aims to build on success

Maybe it’s simply impossible for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team to improve on its last Olympic performance. The team scored silver medals in the relay that year, then an individual gold and two more individual silvers. That’s hard to top, and instead of topping it, the four members of this Olympiad’s team are hoping to build upon it.

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Steamboat to Sochi: Snowboarding Gold siblings in global spotlight

If they can do it here, they can do it there. That’s the truth Steamboat Springs’ sibling snowboarders Taylor Gold and Arielle Gold are confronting as they prepare for the biggest competitions of their lives, the snowboarding half-pipe events at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Rifle bounces back against Steamboat boys

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team couldn't make it a sweep of Rifle, falling Saturday at home, 45-35.