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John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers show well in late-season events

With the ski season winding down, members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club collected a few more results before calling it quits.

John F. Russell: Success starts before high school

The key to success for any high school program is building a strong foundation. that's what the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team is trying to do with it's new elementary and middle school programs.

John F. Russell: Finding joy from playing the game

Remember that the love of the game is about a lot more than winning or losing.

Steamboat Springs High School girl's lacrosse team falls in home opener

The Battle Mountain Huskies experience proved to be too much for the Steamboat Springs Sailors Monday afternoon at Gardner Field. The Huskies topped Steamboat Springs in the Sailors first home game of the season, 15-3.

New colligate baseball league hoping for a homerun in Steamboat Springs

The newly formed Mountain West Summer Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball League is coming to Steamboat Springs this summer.

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Steamboat juniors earn podium spots at Junior World Freestyle skiing championships

Three-hundred of the world's top junior freestyle skiers competed at the Junior World Championships in Italy this week. Two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members found their way to the podium.

John F. Russell: Sled hockey player sets an example for everyone

Corey Fairbanks may not have use of his legs, but he is setting an example that every athlete can learn from

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Figure skating club ready for Spring Show

The members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club are ready to step onto the ice this weekend with a tribute to Billboard's chart topping music.

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A weekend on the ice holds promise for local youth hockey programs

There will be plenty of action happening on the ice this weekend at the Howelsen Ice Arena, and one group of players is hoping to make a lasting impression on sleds.

John F. Russell: Changing seasons, shifting gears

The seasons in Steamboat Springs come and go, but they are not always tied to the calendar.

Riders with ties to Steamboat Springs leave mark on World Cup, Nor-Am

When the Alpine snowboarding World Cup, and Nor-Am season came to an end last week several Steamboat Springs riders could be found near the top of the end-of-season point standings.

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Steamboat Springs Bantam A Team brings home a state title

Steamboat Springs Bantam A hockey team survived a thrilling overtime matchup with one of the top teams Friday, and then skated to a state title Sunday at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton.

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Registration for 2015 Moots Colorado Ranch Rally opens

The Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is a chance for cyclists from across the state, and country to discover the treasures that can be found along the dirt roads of Routt County.

Gymnastics teams gear up for end-of-season meets

After a busy season, members of the Excel Gymnastics teams are hoping to roll to more success in end-of-season meets.

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John F. Russell: Nothing stereotypical about this boarder

Twenty years ago Hal Fischel decided he wanted to try something different. So he turned in his skis for a snowboard and has never looked back.

John F. Russell: Remembering that the game is about more than the score

There was a time when pickup basketball games were found in the driveways of every neighborhood. Looking back I realize that those games meant about a lot more than the final score.

John F. Russell: Remembering that games are about more than the score

There was a time when pickup basketball games were found in the driveways of every neighborhood. Looking back, I realize that those games meant a lot more than the final score.

Steamboat swimmers head to Thornton for State Swimming Championships

Swimmers in Steamboat Springs spend the winter outside training in all types of weather, but this weekend a group of five will head to Thornton looking to stay warm inside and drop time in the pool.

John F. Russell: Expecting the best from coaches

We expect a lot from coaches, but what every parent hopes for is that their children's coaches will teach them to enjoy the game.

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Teams battle for international bragging rights at FIS Telemark World Championships

The best telemark skiers in the world gathered at Howelsen Hill Wednesday to battle for positions in Thursday's Parallel Sprint Classic, and national pride.

Steamboat skiers travel cross county to compete in Birkebeiner

Fifteen Steamboat Springs skiers traveled to Wisconsin last weekend to take part in one of skiing's historic events.

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Tour de Steamboat opens 2015 registration

Registration open for 2015 Tour de Steamboat cycling event.

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Thrift Store Treasures: Sifting through the hidden gems of Routt County's thrift shops

A thrift store is a place where people can donate items they no longer need, and the stores are dependent on donations from the community. Customers come from all walks of life, and one never knows what they’ll be looking to buy.

Skiing pioneer Ted Farwell leaves his mark on Ski Town USA

Ted Farwell may not have been born in Steamboat Springs, but the life he led made him a champion in our town.

Top results, never-ending passion leaves lasting mark on sport of Nordic combined.

Pioneers like Ted Farwell set the bar with their results, and set an example with their passion for skiing.

Rifle Creek Golf course opens for season

Golfers eager to get back on the course will be thrilled to hear that Rifle Creek has opened in February.

John F. Russell: Bike tires leave their mark on Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Making the impossible look easy is a Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival tradition.

Results omitted from Soldier Hollow performance

Update on Soldier Hollow race results

Several top finishes were left out of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cross-county teams top performance on Feb. 4 in Soldier Hollow.

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Winter Carnival 2015: A close connection

Howelsen Hill and Winter Sports Club are tightly bound

For generations the history of Howelsen Hill and the legacy of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have been joined in a lengthy partnership that has resulted in Olympic celebrations and has long been a source of pride for town residents.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers post top results in Soldier Hollow

Several local skiers found the top of the podium during last weekend's Super Junior National Qualifier in Soldier Hollow last weekend.

Routt County Riders working to expand snowbiking on Emerald

The City of Steamboat Springs, and Routt County Riders have worked out an agreement that will allow snowbiking terrain to expand on Emerald Mountain.

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Catamount Ranch & Club plans on racing through winter on fat tires

The Catamount Ranch & Club will tempt mountain bikers to get out and race this winter with the new Fat Cat Full Moon Snowbike Race Series.

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John F. Russell: Chasing a childhood dream

As children, we grow up dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional athlete, but only a few people will ever get the chance to know what that feels like. But thankfully fantasy baseball camps are available to make dreams a reality.

John F. Russell: Love of the game

I'm not sure if there are softball fields in heaven, but I can say for sure that is where you will find the game's biggest fan.

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Steamboat Springs swim team escapes winter, posts top results in Grand Junction

Steamboat Springs Swimmers race to top finishes at MAValanche Invite in Grand Junction.

John F. Russell: Never losing sight of what's important

The important place the Howelsen Hill holds in Steamboat Springs can get lost when you start looking at budgets, the cost of improvements and how to make the ski area profitable.

John F. Russell: World Championships offer Olympic-sized opportunity

It will only take an hour and a half to get to the sight of the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships this year, and will offer ski racing fans in Colorado — and in Steamboat Springs — a rare chance to see the sport they love unfold under the international spotlight.

John F. Russell: Putting a price tag on imagination

People in Steamboat Springs have long held dreams of building an indoor sports complex that would make sports like lacrosse and soccer a year-round activity for the children of our community.

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Brewers in Steamboat Springs driven by passion and love of craft

The addition of Butcherknife and the Storm Peak brewing companies has marked an explosion of craft beer businesses in Steamboat Springs. It's true that both offer their own variety of beer, but inside the walls of these local business’ the passion for the craft of brewing beer is a shared love.

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Young skiers sparkle at Howelsen Hill as Holiday Classic draws to a close

Hig Roberts was hoping for a repeat in the final event of the Holiday Classic at Howelsen Hill, but his teammate had other ideas.

John F. Russell: Finding his love of sports on the stage

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball and soccer star Roddy Beall is stepping into the spotlight, hopefully changing expectations about what is cool.

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Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club takes to ice for 2014 holiday show

Skaters hope to use the 2014 Holiday Ice Show to showcase the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club.

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Local swimmer Samantha Terranova hoping hard work, dedication will lead to college career

Swimming in Steamboat Springs comes with a long list of challenges, but for Steamboat Springs High School junior Samantha Terranova, the water is just perfect.

John F. Russell: Trying to relive my childhood in Steamboat Springs

Yes it's true that jealously is a bad thing. But when you take the time to look at what Steamboat Springs has to offer, it's hard not to be a little jealous of the children in our town who get to grow up in the shadows of Mount Werner.

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Discovery of the Yule Log in Steamboat Springs comes with mixed emotions

Longtime local discovers Yule Log on day two of annual search.

John F. Russell: Ray Rice would never look right in blue and orange

This week former Baltimore Raven’s star running back Ray Rice won an appeal of his indefinite suspension for the NFL, and is now free to sign with any team he wants. But hopefully fans will not want to cheer for him, and will not forget what he did off the field.

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Early season snow brings smiles to faces of visitors at Steamboat Ski Touring Center

Cross country skiers in Steamboat Springs have been enjoying the trails at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for the past few weeks, and soon Haymaker will be added to the list of trails open.

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Top teens: Jessica Rossi

With three older sisters to follow — not to mention her mother and grandmothers — Jessica Rossi doesn’t have to look too far to find strong role models in her life. Now as a senior at Soroco High School in Oak Creek, Jessica has become a role model in her own right.

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Top teens: Sofia Rodriguez

As a member of the National Honor Society, Sofia Rodriguez is a proven leader in the classroom. She is so excited about the speech and debate team that she has been known to even recruit new members.

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Top teens: Norma Techarukpong

There is no issue that Norma Techarukpong is not willing to tackle as a member of Teen Council, and there is nothing she isn’t open to learning about as a student of this world.

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