John F. Russell

Photographer, sports reporter

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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

John F. Russell: It's a time to give thanks for the traditions of living in Ski Town USA

Some skiers have made a tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday a bit early in Steamboat Springs as part of Scholarship Day.

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Season gets rolling with annual Scholarship Day to support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The traditions that surround Steamboat Ski Area's Scholarship Day helps make the opening day something to remember.

John F. Russell: Ski jumping perfect fit for summer fun

Imagine Bermuda shorts, loud, flowered shirts and a World Cup ski-jumping event taking place on an island with a tropical backdrop. It might sound like a crazy idea, but it's not out of the question with today's modern jumping complexes.

John F. Russell: Finding well-rounded athletes means looking beyond the field

It's easy to defined them by the sport they play, but athletes in Routt County are constantly reminding us that their's more to a book than just the cover.

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New programs aimed at teaching the basics, bringing young players into the game

Introduction to hockey programs offer young skaters the opportunity to learn the game.

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Love of snowboarding fuels Steamboat Springs man's desire to collect

Chris Smith entered the snowboarding world back in early 1980s and today his love for the sport is matched only by his collection of vintage boards.

High school careers come to an end, but lessons learned will not be wasted

It's a sad time of year around high school sports, but while some careers will come to an end, the lessons they conveyed will not.

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Bulldogs stifle Hayden Tigers comeback bid

The volleyball team from Hotchkiss was able to move past the Hayden Tigers Tuesday night during a pigtail match to determine the final team to earn a spot in this weekend's district tournament, which is being hosted by Grand Valley in Parachute.

John F. Russell: Teams should never apologize for winning

Winning is never saying your sorry.

There is no "sorry" in winning.

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A dog's life in Dogtown USA

Dogs in Steamboat Springs live the good life as far as dogs are concerned. Fresh mountain air, plenty of no-leash options, businesses that welcome pets and miles of outdoor trails and fun make Routt County a great place for dog owners and their companions.

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Alivia Nunham, 6, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas while her four-year-old sister, Taylor, tries to hide her excitement during the "Light up the Night" celebration in downtown Steamboat Springs. The annual holiday event, which also included the Jewel Singers, cookies and cocoa and the traditional Ping Pong Ball Drop. officially kicked off the holiday season in Steamboat Springs.

Mateo Rodrigues plays pool at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs Tuesday. The club celebrated a milestone earlier this month after signing up its 2,000th member.

Ava DelHierro returns a shot while playing a game of air hockey at the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs Tuesday. The club reached a milestone earlier this month after signing up its 2,000th member.

Gray Remington studies a trail map as he plans to make the most of his day at the Steamboat Ski Area Wednesday. Wednesday was Scholarship Day, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which traditionally marks the start of ski season at the Steamboat Ski Area. The proceeds raised from the sale of lift tickets are donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship program.

Kellie Babcock helps her daughter, Bronwyn, ski on the beginner terrain at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area Wednesday during Scholarship Day. The ski area sold lift tickets for $30 for the entire mountain or $20 for the bottom on the first official day of the season. The proceeds are donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's scholarship program.

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