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John F. Russell

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Cody's Challenge is more than just another adventure race

The annual Cody's Challenge mountaineering race is dedicated to snowboarder, ski patroller who left a lasting impression on the Steamboat Springs community.

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Adventure 2017: Hank Salyer, Casey O'Donnell and Josh Scott — Off-road racing the Baja 100

The draw of one of the world’s most notorious off-road adventures has been pulling local motorcycle racer Hank Salyer to the desert arroyos of Baja, California, for years.

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Steamboat Springs skier Hig Roberts a national champion

Inspired by brother's memory, Roberts wins Tuesday GS race in Maine

Steamboat Springs ski racer Hig Roberts had a big day Tuesday as he raced to a national title in the giant slalom.

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse returns to winning ways

Lucy Shimek scored her first goal off the opening draw only 11 seconds into Monday's game against Eagle Valley in Vail, helping the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team get back in the win column with an 11-9 victory over the Devils.

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Steamboat Springs athletes reach new heights at Grand Traverse

Grand Traverse challenges athletes from across the country and allows Steamboat Springs athletes to shine.

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Not finishing Grand Traverse was never an option for women from Steamboat Springs

The Gore-Tex Grand Traverse pushed a Steamboat Springs woman to her limits last weekend but didn't stop her from finishing the trek from Crested Butte to Aspen.

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Lottery funds help Routt County Fairgrounds move forward with improvements

Visitors to the Routt County Fair will not have to endure a muddy midway on rainy days thanks to a $350,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

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Steamboat High School standouts get chance to showcase talents in Pittsburgh

Two Steamboat hockey players will take their talents to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and play in the 2017 America's Showcase.

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Help wanted as Steamboat Sailors' search for new football assistants begins

With a new head coach in place, the Steamboat Springs football program looks to take the next step by posting the remaining coaching positions.

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Sailors girls soccer team comes out on top of overtime thriller with Battle Mountain

Steamboat Springs sophomore Delaney Moon scored two goals Tuesday, including an overtime game winner, as the Sailors topped the Battle Mountain Huskies in the home opener.

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Steamboat's Sue White races to top spot in giant slalom race at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Steamboat Springs ski racer and longtime local Sue White raced to a gold medal at the 2017 Special Olympic World Winter Games in Austria.

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Steamboat Springs hockey players skate to national championships

A pair of girls from Steamboat Springs head to national tournament as part of Aspen Leaf's U14 AA girls hockey team.

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Steamboat Springs athletes take top spots on final day of junior Skiing Championships

Steamboat Springs Winter Spots Club racers shined on final day of the USSA Rocky Central U14 Alpine Skiing Championships

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Girls lacrosse comes home 4-0

They just keep winning, and Saturday their fans will have a chance to see if the streak will continue.

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Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team opens season 3-0

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team knocked off Eaglecrest on Thursday, improving to 3-0.

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Injuries can't keep Steamboat Springs senior off tennis court

Steamboat Springs senior Emi Thompson returned to the court this week, proving that hockey can't put her tennis season on ice.

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Top junior ski racers to battle for titles in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs racers are looking for success and home slope advantage at the 2017 USSA Rocky/Central U14 Alpine Skiing Championships, slated for this weekend in Steamboat.

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San Quentin just another stop for Steamboat tennis professional looking to spread love for game

Loretta Conway's love for the game of tennis has taken her to lots of places across the country — and even inside the walls of a prison.

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Father, daughter find shared love for racing dogs across frozen snow

Greta Thurston is following in her father's footsteps into the world of competitive dog sled racing.

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Glenwood knocks off Steamboat girls soccer in opening game of season

Things didn't go Steamboat's way in Glenwood as the Sailors fell in the opening contest of the season

Snow, cold can't stop Steamboat Springs Girls High School Golf Team from opening season

Girls golf back for second spring season at Steaboat Springs High School.

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Baseball culture trying to find its place at Steamboat Springs High School

Baseball team and coaches continue to work on building a baseball culture at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Howelsen Hill set to host ski jumping world in final events of 2017 season

Steamboat Springs skiers charge toward end of season with final home meets of 2017.

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Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team hits road for first games of the spring season

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team hits the road to open the season.

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John F. Russell: Special Olympics gives Steamboat athlete opportunity of a lifetime

White to represent her country, our town at 2017 Special Olympic World Winter Games.

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Season opens with a bang as Sailors take on Skiers in opening day clash

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team to open season with huge game against Aspen.

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Steamboat swimmers refuse to let cold water keep them from racing to top of state results

Steamboat swimmers braved cold waters is pursuit of swimming goals.

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Best in the West: Steamboat senior voted Slope's top baller

Sailor star named Player of the Year for the first time in nearly nine years.

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Championship dreams next stop for Steamboat Springs ski racing sensation

Steamboat Springs Jett Seymour looks to finish season with a strong showing in Sweden.

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Mavericks, Howelsen provide stage for local freeskiers, snowboarders

Steamboat played host to USASA National qualifying events.

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Steamboat Springs High School tennis team swings back into action Friday

With five returning players the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team is set to reload for start of new season.

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John F. Russell: Middle Park skier inspires

Middle Park skier inspires others with love of the sport, and a smile that never seems to fade

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Believe it or not the spring sports season has arrived

Monday marked the start of the spring sports season at Steamboat Springs High School.

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McCawley pockets Skimeister, All-State awards at Colorado State Skiing Championships

Steamboat Springs skier pockets Skimeister award at state skiing championships.

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Vail Mountain School collects state titles in boys, girls skiing

Val Mountain takes away boys and girls titles at Colorado State High School Skiing Championships.

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Steamboat's McCawley lands title in his final Alpine ski race at Colorado State Championships

The final Alpine event of the Colorado High School Skiing Championships saw Steamboat Springs senior Andrew McCawley race to an individual title.

Several teams hoping to race to a title on final day of high school skiing championships

Titles will be decided on final day of Colorado State High School skiing championships.

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Richard races to personal best, leads Steamboat boys at state

Tanner Richard posts best finish of season as he leads Sailors' efforts at state.

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Steamboat Spring sophomore leads Sailors in Nordic skates race

Fog can't keep Steamboat Springs High School Nordic racer from finding finish line, top-20 finish.

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Steamboat girls go 'All Out' on opening day of state ski championships

The Steamboat Springs High School's Alpine girls team found a bright spot Thursday afternoon despite the team's strugggles

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2 Steamboat skiers finish in top 10 on opening day of state championships

Evergreen's R.J. McLennan raced to the top spot in the boys giant slalom race at the Colorado State High School Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs opens playoffs with impressive win over Rampart

The Steamboat Springs Sailors netted three goals in the opening period as the team rolled to first-round victory in the state high school hockey playoffs.

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Steamboat seniors look to cap off skiing careers with top showings at state

For some skiers, the Colorado State High School skiing championships are a chance to bring home titles.

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High school skiers flock to Steamboat Springs for state championships

The top high school ski racers will begin arriving in Steamboat Springs this week in search of top finishes and hoping to have some fun in the process.

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The New Ice Age: Groups look to add ice, ease winter pressure

Finding ice time at the Howelsen Hill Ice Area in the winter can be a challenge, and while local user groups and the city staff work every year to make sure everyone can get a spot, continued growth may be pushing the rink to the limits.

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Soroco boys fall to Meeker in final league match

Soroco boys fall in final regular season game

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Soroco beats Meeker in last-second thriller; earns second place finish in league

The Soroco Rams got the win they needed Friday and finished second in Western Slope League.

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Sailors take down Summit to earn share of title, automatic berth to playoffs

Steamboat needed a big win against Summit Thursday night, and the Sailors got it.

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Summit rallies past Steamboat in final regular-season game

Steamboat girls leave it on the floor but can't find way to win

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Steamboat Springs sisters share love of swimming, need for speed

Steamboat Springs sisters Isabella and Grace O'Reilly are making waves and finding success in the pool this winter.

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