John F. Russell

Photographer, sports reporter

Email: jrussell@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4209

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John F. Russell is a sports reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He writes a sports column that appears Sundays. He has worked for the newspaper since June 1990.

John has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and worked at the Longmont Times-Call during college.

John is from Denver. His hobbies include bowling, softball, photography, pinochle and following his two lovely children around.

Recent Stories

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Steamboat Springs Sailors bring home post-season honors

The fall season is in the books, but the cover wasn't closed before the top Steamboat Springs athletes were honored by the conference and the state.

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Tubing operations suspended as new season brings lots of changes to Howelsen Hill

Changes at Howelsen Hill will bring more beginner ski trails, new terrain parks, jumps and improved cross-country ski trails, but these improvements also mean the end of a tubing operation that has been a fixture at the downtown ski area for the past eight years.

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Ski Town Classic gives local hockey players a chance to test skills on ice

Steamboat Springs is set to heat up the ice in annual Ski Town Classic hockey tournament starting on Friday.

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Steamboat Springs ski racer looking to open World Cup season with fast starts

Anna Marno, who scored her first World Cup points and a national title last season, will be looking to continue her success at World Cup races in Canada this week.

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Hayden cowboy picks up win in Tulsa, hopes for continued success in Las Vegas

Junior cowboys learned about life, and sport as while making the journey down rodeo road.

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Steamboat Springs motorcycle racers overcome challenges, complete Baja 1000

A group of off-road motorcycle racers overcame 830 miles worth of challenges last weekend en route to placing fourth in their division at the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000.

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Turkey Trot gives runners a chance to build up an appetite

Annual holiday run helps athletes build up an appetite before sitting down to eat at Thanksgiving feast.

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Steamboat Sailors coach hoping Red White game becomes holiday tradition

Sailors boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl is hoping to build the Red White game into a holiday hardwood tradition.

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Hayden cowboys head to Tulsa this weekend for Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

Young cowboys follow love of rodeo to Tulsa where they will take a shot at glory in the Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

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Steamboat Ski Area on track for opening day despite warm November temperatures

Steamboat Ski Area officials ae still hoping for cool temperatures and snow, but they are confident next Wednesday's opening will happen.

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A jumper gets a breathtaking view of downtown Steamboat Springs while taking flight off of Howelsen’s large hill.

The jumps at Howelsen Hill have been a starting point for numerous international competitors, including Olympic Nordic medalists Todd Lowick (shown here), Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong. But the list of Olympic competitors dates back to John Steel, Steamboats’ first Olympian, who competed at the 1932 Winter Olympic Games in 1931. He finished 15th in a field of 35 special jumpers.

The jump complex at Howelsen Hill has seen numerous changes through the years, but the hill is still home to local jumpers, as well as regional and international competitions. These days, jumpers can still launch off the big hill in winter, and in summer, the HS 75 provides the perfect year-round training ground thanks to plastic. The sight as also hosts a huge jumping event, which has become a popular on the Fourth of July.

The jump complex at Howelsen Hill has seen a lot of changes through the years, but the hill is still home to local jumpers, as well as regional and international competitions. These days, jumpers can still launch off the big hill in winter, and in summer, the HS 75 provides the perfect training ground, as well as hosting a huge jumping event the Fourth of July holiday.

Steamboat Springs Johnny Spillane takes flight off the large jump at Howelsen Hill during a World Cup B event in 2005. The jump complex at Howelsen Hill has a long, rich, tradition dating back to Carl Howelsen and the first Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival events in 1913.

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