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John F. Russell

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Finding a new angle: From the newsroom to a helicopter, GoPro shows versatility

Television reporter Matt Renoux knows a thing or two about telling a good story. For the past 15 years, the Channel 9 newsroom reporter has brought news from the mountains of Colorado to the Front Range. Renoux does it all. He is a reporter who shoots and edits his own video and follows the stories for one of Denver’s top TV news stations.

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Finding a new angle: Increasing popularity of GoPro cameras creates new ability to share experiences

It all started with a strap. Back in 2001, Nicholas Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, came up with the idea for a strap that would hold a disposable camera in a way that would allow him to take photographs of himself while he surfed in Australia.

John F. Russell: Christa's story should make us question the things that limit our lives

Last fall, Christa Metzler took a chance and approached Steamboat Springs Middle School cheerleading coach Summer McParland. What happened next is the kind of story that should inspire us all to take a chance.

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Athlete brings joy, spirit to middle school cheerleading squad

The middle school cheerleaders will travel to Broomfield this weekend for a big competition, but the lessons they have learned this season go beyond winning trophies.

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Junior championships open with thrilling downhill race on Vagabond

Tristan Lane and Storm Klomhaus raced to downhill titles in the first event of the 2014 Rocky/Central U16 Regional Championships in Steamboat Springs, while several local skiers surprised everyone with personal-best results.

John F. Russell: Alpine snowboarder's stories make them worth cheering for

Athletes stories, and their Olympic dreams is one of the reasons they are worth cheering for during the games.

Sailors tennis picks up win in season-opening match at home

After losing seven players from last year's squad, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team returned to the court and its winning ways Friday afternoon.

Students from local karate academy post top results at state championships

Members of the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy traveled to Eagle earlier this month and earned a number of top finishes at the Colorado State Karate Championships.

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Future looks bright as Steamboat girls step into jumping, Nordic combined spotlight

After losing three of it's top girls jumpers after last season the Steamboat Springs Nordic programs look to reload with top finishes in Anchorage.

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Steamboat skiers shine at 2014 Junior National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships

The nation’s best juniors competed on the jump hills and cross-country tracks in Anchorage, Alaska, this week with national titles at stake.

John F. Russell: Olympic magic difficult to protect in age of information

Time difference makes it difficult to protect the magic, and excitement of the Olympic Games.

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Day 2 of Steamboat Springs Telemark World Cup brings changes, same winners

Organizers tweaked the course a bit on the second day of the telemark World Cup in Steamboat Springs, but that didn't stop the day one winners from repeating.

Steamboat Springs High School hockey players shine in final regular season home game

Steamboat Springs hockey recorded a shutout against Summit County in its final regular-season home game.

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Steamboat boys basketball team extends winning streak to 4 games

The Steamboat Springs high school boys basketball team rolled past Summit County on Tuesday night to extend the Sailors' winning streak to four games.

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Steamboat girls celebrate senior night with big win against Summit County

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team celebrated senior night Tuesday with a big-time home win against Summit County.

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Telemark World Cup brings best skiers to slopes of Steamboat Ski Area

The telemark World Cup returned to the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area Tuesday morning with Switzerland's Amelie Reymond and Germany's Tobias Mueller taking the top spots in the first of four events.

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Steamboat cross-country skiers compete in big race at Soldier Hollow

Some of the best junior cross-country skiers in Steamboat Springs traveled to Soldier Hollow last weekend to compete in a meet they had been working toward all season. The Soldier Hollow Junior National Qualifier drew 651 athletes who competed in a two-day event Friday and Saturday.

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Steamboat Springs boys basketball team hoping to carry winning momentum down the stretch

There is still a lot of basketball to be played on the Western Slope this winter, but Steamboat Springs coach Luke DeWolfe understands just how far a few wins can go this time of year.

Steamboat Springs High School girls pick up victory in Summit County

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team improved to 8-8 Tuesday night with a win over Summit County.

John F. Russell: The good and bad side of sports are what make the game so special

It would be great if we could just focus on the good side of sports. It would be great if there were never any losers, but in the end, the game just wouldn't be as much fun.

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Soil conservationist treks into the backcountry to count flakes and help predicting water content

Snow surveyors play an important roles as they head into the Colorado backcountry to collect information about how much water we will have when the snow melts.

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Conference gives neuroscientist a chance to reach out to inspire Steamboat Springs students

The Winter Conference on Brain Research visited Steamboat Springs this week, and top scientist minds took their time to venture out to schools hoping to inspire the next generation.

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Local Nordic combined athletes ready to head north to compete in Alaska

Twelve Steamboat Springs athletes have been named to the Rocky Mountain Division team that competes at the Junior National Championships in February in Anchorage, Alaska.

John F. Russell: Sochi Olympics shine light on what's important in sports

For many young athletes the road to Sochi marks the end of a journey, and the chance to tell their stories

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Popularity of fat bikes extends season for cyclists in Steamboat Springs

The mountain bike season used to be limited to a few months in Steamboat Springs, but fat bikes allow cyclists to follow new trails into the winter season.

Steamboat's Justin Reiter earns his shot at Olympics

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Justin Reiter finally reaches his goal of being named to Olympic team.

John F. Russell: Chasing Olympic-sized goals while making a difference

Paris and Imogene McMahon are hoping to soar to the Olympic games someday, but until then they are setting their goals on helping others.

Lodwick: 'I have every intention of competing in the team event in Sochi'

Todd Lodwick wasn’t downplaying the shoulder injury he suffered at a World Cup competition in Chaux Neuve, France, on Friday, but he still is planning on making the trip to Sochi, Russia, next month as part of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

Long-running Nordic events highlight Steamboat Springs winter calendar

Ski jumping events and cross-country races highlight a busy week of Nordic events in Steamboat Sprngs.

John F. Russell: Ski jumpers make sport look easy

Ski jumping is an everyday occurrence in Steamboat Springs, but incidents Friday reminded us all of the risks athletes face.

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Steamboat snowmaker finds himself on top, again

Corey Peterson is passionate about making snow, and has been recognized by Ski rea Management Magazine last Decemeber for his hard work at the Steamboat Ski Area

John F. Russell: Making lasting memories on the slopes of Steamboat Springs

Growing up in the shadows of Steamboat Ski Area ia a treat for children and an opportunity for Dad.

John F. Russell: Returning to Carl Ramunno's glory days

Not that long ago, wrestling was king in the Steamboat Spring gymnasium and around the state. A lot has changed since the sport's glory days, but today's athletes are keeping the sports image alive in our town.

Steamboat Springs swimmers make a splash at midseason meet

Steamboat Springs swimmers Frank Ruppel and Parker Kortas led the pack at the FAST midseason finale in Fort Collins.

World University Games continue to unfold for local skiers

The competition is heating up at the World University Games in Italy this week, as several local athletes continue to push toward top finishes against some of the best college winter athletes in the world.

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Local skiers off to good start after posting top results in Winter Park

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club were off and racing in Winter Park last weekend and managed to collect several top finishes in a pair of giant slalom races.

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Local freestyle skier hoping to make her mark at World University Games

World University Games is giving local freestyle skier Katie Hitchcock a chance to get back on the snow and make an impact on the international field.

John F. Russell: Always a Warrior

On Friday, news of a high school shooting rocked Colorado. In a state that has been plagued by shootings, this one hits way too close to home.

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Steamboat Springs contingent heads to Italy, World University Games

Former Steamboat Springs racers Shane McLean, and Hig Roberts will take on the best college ski racers in the world over the next week as the World University Games take center stage in Trentino, Italy.

John F. Russell: Will Peyton Manning be a Bronco or always remain a Colt?

Thankfully for Broncos fans the choice is still a few years down the road, but I have to wonder if Peyton Manning will retire as a Bronco, or a Colt?

Successful Scholarship Day sets new record for Steamboat Ski Area

Skiers who ventured out for last week's Scholarship Day at the Steamboat Ski Area helped set a new record for donations and helped local skiers in the process.

A legacy of success: 1st Winter Sports Club Executive Director Walt Evans has bright outlook

Walt Evans served as the executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club from 1979 to 1983.

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A legacy of success: Winter Sport Club hires Jim Boyne as new executive director

This fall, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Board of Directors announced the hiring of Jim Boyne to serve as the club’s new executive director, effective Oct. 21. Boyne replaces 14-year director Rick DeVos.

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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Lauren Crawford

These days, former freestyle skier Lauren Crawford is living hundreds of miles from the snow-covered ski slopes of Steamboat Ski Area, but she will never forget the influence the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had on her as a child.

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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Sunshine Owens

Sunshine Owens landed in Steamboat Springs in the mid-1990s after searching the country for a place that offered top-level ski training and a true high school experience. Once she arrived in Steamboat, Owens quickly discovered that being part of the Winter Sports Club was about a lot more than skiing.

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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Andy LeRoy

When former Alpine ski racer Andy LeRoy came to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at age 8, he was hoping to learn to ski while also finding a place to go when the school bell rang at the end of the day. But many years after his last top-level race, he realized that the club not only taught him to ski, it gave him a path to find success.

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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Ricky Mewborn

As the owner of Nordic Excavating, Ricky Mewborn's phone rings when people need a hole for a foundation, have snow moved from the driveway or want to place a few big rocks along the banks of the Yampa River to improve river flow. But before that, he was representing the United States as one of the top special jumpers in the world.

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A legacy of success: Spotlight on Lane Shipley

Lane Shipley knew he had it good growing up in Steamboat Springs, and he took advantage of almost every opportunity the town provided. “I was a product of the Steamboat Springs lifestyle,” Shipley said. “When you are young, you can do anything in our town, and I did everything.”

A legacy of success: Reflecting on the history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Historian Sureva Towler set out in the mid-1980s to tell the story of one of Steamboat Springs’ most cherished institutions. It took four years, but when she finished, Towler had published “The History of Skiing in Steamboat Springs,” and she created a reference where people could access our town’s rich and long skiing history in one place.

John F. Russell: Making a few turns with skiing legend Billy Kidd

I've skied with a lot of talented athletes throughout the years, but there is something different about taking to the slopes with a skiing legend like Billy Kidd.