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John F. Russell

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John F. Russell: Sometimes success is measured outside the Olympics, even in Ski Town USA

In a town where a skier's success is often measured by an Olympic-sized yardstick, many skiers are proving there is more than one way to bring home a trophy.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes fill ranks of U.S. Ski Teams

The U.S. Ski team released nominations for the 2015-16 season last week, and several Steamboat Springs athletes were among those who will be representing our country next winter.

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Two new programs offer opportunities for junior golfers in Yampa Valley

Local professional optimistic that two new junior programs this summer will drive young golfers to area courses.

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Bryan Fletcher named Nordic Combined skier of the year, keeps honor in the family

For the past four years, the recognition that goes to the Nordic Combined Skier of the Year has been awarded to an athlete with the last name Fletcher. This year was no different as Bryan Fletcher collected his second skier of the year honor to pull even with brother, Taylor.

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Former Steamboat players fall just short of landing national title with the University of Colorado

Three former Steamboat Springs Sailors played a role in the University of Colorado's club lacrosse team's run at a second national title this season. On Sunday, the team was heartbroken as Grand Canyon University topped the Buffaloes in a 9-8 contest. for all the marbles.

John F. Russell: Road to state title is rarely easy

Steamboat Springs freshman makes road to state finals look easy, and makes those who watched realize just how special winning a title really is.

Cheerleading Showcase acts as fundraiser for local team

Cheerleading team hoping to raise money for scholarships during sixth annual showcase.

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Burger rallies to collect Sailors' first state title since 2009

Steamboat's freshman phenom rallies to win Sailors' first state title since 2009

Steamboat Springs freshman Tatum Burger topped St. Mary Academy's Alex Weil Wednesday morning in Pueblo to bring home the Sailors' first state title since 2009.

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Burger hopes to land title on final day of state high school tennis championships in Pueblo

Steamboat Springs freshman Tatum Burger will be hoping to land the No. 1 singles title on the final day of the 4A Colorado State High School Tennis Championships.

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Sailors’ title hopes alive as Tatum Burger looks to take care of business

It was a day that started with so much promise, but as the second round of the 4A Colorado State High School tennis tournament drew to a close late Monday afternoon, it was apparent that only one Steamboat Springs High School player would have a shot at winning a title this year.

John F. Russell: Making a difference in your community

Sailor Luau gives student athletes a chance to give back, thank the community.

John F. Russell: Chance to enjoy rare view in Holmenollen is dream of former Steamboat resident.

Steamboat Springs native Lauren Walsh entered a contest, and won a prize that comes along with lifelong memories of one of the world's most special places.

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Golf season in Steamboat Springs expected to be in full swing by the end of the week

Three local courses will open by the end of the week meaning that the golf season in Steamboat Springs will be in full swing.

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Branching out — Local craftsmen turn passions for artistry into practical creations

In a fast-paced world where people can buy anything they want with a credit card and a computer, and in a world where people are impressed by brand names instead of workmanship, there is a group of Steamboat Springs’ artists traveling their own path.

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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.

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