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.

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John F. Russell: Paige VanArsdale isn't about to let a disability define her

Paige VanArsdale has dealt with obstacles her entire life, but the Steamboat Springs High School student isn't about to let cerebral palsy define who she is, or what she can do.

Bill Johnson's bittersweet story helped give American skiing a little swagger

Bill Johnson ignited America's interest in downhill skiing back in the 1980s. it was a love-hate relationship, but in the end, no one can deny Johnson's impact on the sport and his place in its story.

John F. Russell: Fans face disappointment in sports

Sports fans understand disappointment, but what happens when your favorite teams packs up and leaves town.

New program offers young athletes chance to fly

Local coach hoping to inspire next generation of jumpers with "learn to fly" program at Howelsen on Saturday.

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Winter Sports Club cross country skiers leave mark on US Senior National Championships

Steamboat Springs was well-represented by 10 skiers at last week's U.S. Senior National Championships.

John F. Russell: The best stories in sports rarely have to do with the score

As a sports writer, I totally understand the importance of the score of a game and the impact of a great result. But I learned a long time ago the best sports stories are normally not found on the scoreboard.

High Altitude Basketball set to take over adult basketball league

High Altitude Basketball hopes to bring new life, new interest into adult leagues.

John F. Russell: Drones make impact on ski racing

A hundredth of a second takes on new meaning for Austrian ski racer.

Local cowboy rides to top at Las Vegas Rodeo

Hayden cowboy Keenan Hayes travelled to Las Vegas to take his place among the world's best mini bareback riders.

Big Dreams: Devin de Jong

Devin de Jong

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., visits with Yampa Valley Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Ken Lindsey while touring YVMC Friday afternoon. Bennet was among several senators to introduce a bipartisan bill crafted to help rural hospitals in sparsely populated states keep their doors open.

A young ski racer cruises down the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area during the Soda Pop Slalom Race, part of the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival celebration.

Evie Gruben claps as her group heads to the starting line of the annual Soda Pop Slalom Race at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday morning. The event is a part of the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival celebration.

Natalia Villegas adjusts her goggles while waiting for her start in the annual Soda Pop Slalom Race at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday morning. The event is a part of the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival celebration.

Ski racer Sean Struble waits for his turn at the Steamboat Ski Area Friday morning during the Soda Pop Slalom Race. The event is a part of the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival celebration.

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