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John F. Russell

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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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Conway honored, tennis star to visit Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

It's big week at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, with director Loretta Conway being honored in Denver and former professional tennis star Luke Jensen coming to town for clinics.

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Wish You Were Here, Steamboat 360: Soda Pop Slalom sweetens Winter Carnival events

Christy Sports Soda Pop Slalom draws sweet crowd of Olympic hopefuls.

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Norway provides an opportunity for Steamboat Springs skier to travel, improve

Steamboat Springs ski racer Noel Keeffe had an opportunity to travel to Norway to absorb the culture and grow as a skier.

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Steamboat Springs snowboarder faces hurdles, finds success on the slopes

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Maggie Rose Carrigan finds success in the wake of a diagnosis that could have ended her snowboarding career.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Streets Events unique nature draws throngs to downtown Steamboat Springs

The Winter Carnival Street Event offer spectators a unique blend of thrills, spills and chills that are uniquely Steamboat Springs.

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Wish You Were Here, STEAMBOAT 360 VIDEO: Howelsen Terrain Park

Skiers and snowboarders have found a new playground this winter at the base of one of the oldest ski areas in the United States.

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Steamboat Springs cross-country skier races into top-20 at Junior World Championships

Wyatt Gebhardt continued to impress this week as the FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Skiing Championships unfold in Park City, Utah.

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Steamboat Springs snowboarder races to silver medal at Winter Universiade 2017

Steamboat Springs High School graduate Maggie Rose Carrigan raced to one of the best finishes of her career earlier this week and brought home a silver medal from Winter Universiade 2017.

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Brotherly love gives Steamboat high school freshman reason to run first half-marathon

Cisco DelliQuadri will travel to New Orleans this weekend looking for his first half-marathon finish in honor of his brother and the hundreds of thousands of others in the U.S. who must deal with Crohn's disease.

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Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiers push toward state championships

With just two regular season races left, members of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team continue to push for top times, state-qualifying finishes.

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Steamboat remains in second after skating to a tie with Kent Denver

Sailors settle for tie against Kent Denver in pivotal league game.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team puts 7-game win streak on the line as it pushes toward playoffs

The Steamboat Springs hockey team will need a win Friday night in order to keep the team's hopes for a league showdown with Fort Collins alive.

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Steamboat Springs High School basketball games moved, celebration of life planned

Sailors move games to make room to celebrate the life of longtime bookkeeper Denise Pearson.

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Steamboat Springs grapplers take second in Rifle, look forward to busy week

Sailors collect second-place finish as team gears up for busy week on the mats.

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Clemenston resigns as Steamboat Springs football programs look to make changes

Sailors head football coach resigns position; program looks to realign program in effort to keep more student-athletes coming out to play the game.

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Steamboat Springs skier finds thrills, success on the big mountain

Thrills of big mountain competitions drew Steamboat Springs skier Bryan Gilbertson to the sport.

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Wish You Were Here: Steamboat 360 video — bumper cars on ice

Reporter John Russell tried out the bumper cars and offers readers a 360-degree view of the experience as part of the Steamboat Pilot & Today's Wish You Were Here 360 video project.

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Steamboat Springs' Olympic heritage comes to life in Thunderhead gondola building this winter

New series brings history to life and offers locals and visitors a chance to meet Steamboat Olympic athletes face-to-face.

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Elements prove too much for Steamboat adventurers

Jay P's Backyard Fat Pursuit is a challenge most years, but two Steamboat Springs athletes discovered that this year's race was an even bigger challenge.

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Long-time director steps down at Old Town Hot Springs

Things have changed, but when Pat Carney steps down at executive director of the Old Town Hot Springs, her spirit and commitment will carry on.

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Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiers continue to earn state-qualifying finishes

The members of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team reach new heights at Tennessee Pass races.

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Steamboat girls hockey team overcomes slow start, wins MLK hockey tournament

Steamboat's U19 girls hockey team picks up tournament win, looks forward to continued success on the ice.

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Nordic combined announcement adds more Steamboat Springs skiers to FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships roster

The number of skiers headed to the FIS Nordic Junior Wold Ski Championships was expanded Friday as three hometown Nordic combined skiers were invited to the international showcase.

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Fast start helps Steamboat Springs skier make Junior World Championship lineup

Top results at the U.S. National Championships last weekend in Park City, Utah, have earned Steamboat Springs skier Wyatt Gebhardt a spot on the Junior World Championships team — something he never expected with the seaosn began.

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Moose wandering streets of downtown Steamboat shouldn't come as surprise

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say residents in towns like Steamboat Springs should be aware of their surroundings and should not be surprised if they happen to cross paths with a moose.

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Repairs completed; Howelsen Hill's big hill ready to jump into action

The last-minute, emergency repairs are completed, and jumpers are set to begin using the HS 127 at Howelsen Hill this weekend.

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Steamboat Springs Hockey team hopes to extend winning streak during weekend home stand.

The Steamboat Springs hockey program has kicked off the new year with back-to-back wins. This weekend, the team will look to extend that streak with games against Air Academy and Liberty at home.

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Nordic skiers open high school season on classic note

High School Nordic skiers opened their season with strong showing at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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Steamboat Springs basketball looks forward to start of league play

The Steamboat Springs High School basketball programs set to kick off 2016-17 league season.

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Steamboat riders return with top finishes, hope for more success at home

Steamboat snowboarders brought home solid results from Canada this week and will be looking to ride that momentum into this weekend's events at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat riders hoping to find edge in weekend race series.

Steamboat snowboarders brought home some solid results from Canada this week, and will be looking to ride the momentum into this weekend's events at the Steamboat Ski Area.