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John F. Russell

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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: 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.

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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.”

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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.

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: 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 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 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 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.

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.

John F. Russell: Making memories on the slopes that will last a lifetime

The ski season, and the chance to make lasting memories with your children, is just around the corner.

John F. Russell: Understanding what it takes to be a fan

Nobody ever said it was going to be easy to be a fan. But for those of us who have spent our entire lives cheering for the same team, the love of the fan is easy to understand.

John F. Russell: Support the best thing a parent can offer

Parents will not find any clear-cut rules when it comes to watching young athletes play the game, but if they offer support, they might just discover the game can teach us all a lesson worth understanding.

John F. Russell: Bill Meyers riding into the future

Bill Meyers has been racing to national titles for years and he has no intention of stopping.

Oak Creek cyclist races to top finishes, collects titles at national cycling events

Oak Creek cyclist Bill Meyers is in high gear after racing to several national titles at the USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals and the Huntsman World Senior Games.

John F. Russell: Making a difference 1 pin at a time

For more than two decades, the Knights of Columbus group has supported those with disabilities by running a Special Olympics bowling program in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs players punt, pass and kick past competition in Grand Junction

Local players punted, passed and kicked their ways to sectional titles and possibly a shot at stepping onto Sports Authority Field during halftime of a Broncos game in December.

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Local rider grabs top finishes at regional dressage competition

Regina Wendler is looking to the future after nabbing several top finishes at top-level dressage events in Parker last month.

John F. Russell: Start of ski season acts as warning bell for Olympic hopefuls

Start of ski season means the days until the Sochi Olympics are counting down at a rapid pace.

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Bristol, McKelvie honored for making a difference in Steamboat Springs

Their contributions have paved the roads of education in our mountain town and on Tuesday night a former high school history teacher Bill McKelvie, and a woman ahead of her time were recognized for their efforts.

John F. Russell: The Crawfords will be missed, and their contributions will last for generations

Gary Crawford will be missed after his departure in October from Steamboat Springs, but his contributions to our community and the sport of Nordic combined will remain.

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Steamboat tennis sweeps past Vail Christian in mid-week match

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team looked to pick up momentum for an end-of-season run as it raced past Vail Christian, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

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Longtime coach Gary Crawford leaving Steamboat Springs

Gary and Kim Crawford plan to move to Cocoa Beach, Fla., because doctors said the warmer location at sea level could help improve her fibromyalgia.

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Chasing Color: How to photograph fall

The car is filled with gas, and I have a couple of empty memory cards and a bag filled with lenses for just about every situation.

John F. Russell: Photographer at home on the sidelines

It might not seem so inviting when the weather turns cold along the sidelines of a football game in late October, but as a photographer there is no place I would rather be — just a few feet from where the action unfolds.

Steamboat golf team narrowly misses regional title, will send 3 to state

Two strokes is all that separated the Steamboat Springs High School Golf team from a regional title Tuesday afternoon, but several strong individual showings will keep the Sailors in the hunt when state rolls around at the end of the month.

John F. Russell: Hoping to keep pace with Giselle

Giselle Miller turned 80 on Friday the 13th, but the Steamboat Springs resident isn't about to slow down on the road of life.

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Steamboat Golf Club to see changes as longtime general manager retires

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Wayne Garrison's retirement means more time to travel and play, but the Steamboat Golf Club general manager may not be spending as much time at the course.

Walton leads Sailors golf to top finish in Carbondale

The Steamboat Springs High School Golf team turned in an impressive finish at the River Valley Ranch Golf Course in Carbondale.

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Golfer's hole-in-one proves believing is more important than seeing

Golfer Greg Gilbertson never thought he would see the day he scored a hole-in-one. Truth is, he didn't really need to see it.

Bounce proves lucky as local golfer bags 1st hole-in-one

Steamboat golfer Pete Stimmel caps off summer with perfect shot at Steamboat Golf Club.

John F. Russell: Rolling into a new bowling season

On Thursday night, I celebrated the start of a new season, but it had nothing to do with the Broncos, the NFL or football.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club names new executive director

Investment manager Jim Boyne to replace former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Executive Director Rick DeVos.

John F. Russell: Battle against cancer finds roots in Steamboat Springs

The battle against cancer impacts us all, but several locals have taken their efforts to another level by raising money and awareness.

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Steamboat Springs Stage Race opens Saturday with time trial

Nearly 400 cyclists will come to Steamboat Springs this weekend looking for top finishes and titles in the annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race.

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State championships offer Routt County shooters a place to shine

This weekend, the 4-H Routt County state championship shooting team will be focused on good scores and a top finish at the Pikes Peak Gun Club in Colorado Springs.

Steamboat Springs resident wants to raise awareness of diabetes with 160-mile bike ride to Fort Collins

James Lehmann is hoping his journey from Steamboat Springs to Fort Collins will shed some light on those dealing with Type 2 diabetes.

John F. Russell: Phil Southerland inspiring those with diabetes 1 race at a time

Phil Southerland was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 7 months old, and he has been inspiring others ever since.

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Steamboat golf team swings into new season

High school sports are back as the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team stepped back onto the course Monday at Haymaker Golf Course for the start of a new season.

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Driver who crashed into Hayden school identified

Dented pickups, bent street signs and vehicle parts lined Jefferson Avenue in downtown Hayden on Tuesday night as a large crowd gathered near the parking lot of Hayden Middle School where a Ford Expedition crashed into one of the school's classrooms.

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Steamboat Springs baseball team picks up Triple Crown World Series victories, confidence

The Steamboat Springs 13-and-under baseball team walked away from last week's Triple Crown World Series wanting more, but happy with what they accomplished.

John F. Russell: Baseball finding its place in Ski Town USA

Let's face the facts: Playing baseball in Ski Town USA is an uphill battle. It’s like riding your mountain bike to the top of Storm Peak in the highest gear with two flat tires. It’s like attempting to ski down the Why Not ski run on Alpine skis the first week of August.