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John F. Russell

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John F. Russell: Amy Brodie overcoming challenges, wondering if there is more

When Steamboat Springs swimmer Amy Brodie got the opportunity to swim at Colorado Mesa University a few years ago, she reached a level few swimmers in Steamboat have ever enjoyed. But the past few years have been filled with ups and downs, and after making a tremendous comeback this last season, the local girl can't help but wonder what could be.

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Fire burns 5 acres before crews get control

A controlled burn, which got out of control, burned five acres near Thorpe Mountain before fire crews gained control.

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John F. Russell: Inspiring love for the game

It's not Major League Baseball or even a minor league franchise, but longtime baseball supporter Dave Roy is hoping the Storm will entice Steamboat Springs locals to head to the ball fields and fall in love with baseball this summer.

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Storm brings its brand of baseball to Steamboat for second year in row

Top college baseball players from around the county will come to Steamboat Springs in June to put on Storm uniforms and represent Steamboat Springs in the Mountain West Collegiate Baseball League.

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Tim Krumrie: advocating, educating from career of experience

Tim Krumrie picked up a football as a freshman at Mondovi High School in Wisconsin and wouldn’t put it down for the next 20 years.

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Ringing the bell

Steamboat Springs embraces national concussion awareness trend

A few years ago, Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson was faced with a choice.

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Life on the Line: Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association

Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association

When the lights and power go off in the middle of the night there is a dedicated group of workers at the Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs who will get out of bed, find the problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

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Longtime sensei will begin new chapter in Golden

For 16 years, sensei Michael David Bauk has taught the art of karate to the students of Steamboat Sprngs. In June, he will pass his business onto a new generation of teachers and close a chapter on his life.

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Steamboat Springs girls bring home national karate titles

Nine athletes for the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy in Steamboat Springs traveled to Denver last weekend for the USKA National Championships. They all performed well, and two brought home national titles for their efforts.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rolls past Vail Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Battle Mountain last weekend and rolled past Vail Mountain at home Monday evening.

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John F. Russell: Driving into spring sports

The spring sports season is in full swing, but many recreational teams learned last weekend that Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate when game time rolls around.

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Local cheer squads return from Cheer Sport Denver Grand Championship after top showings

Middle school cheerleaders return from Denver after top showing with first place trophy.

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Referees prefer to go unnoticed but often prove to be MVPs

They get more grumbles from the sidelines than shots on goal, but when it comes to the game of soccer, the referee often plays one of the most important roles.

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Sunshine Kids help turn that frown upside down

Two years ago Noah Elliott learned he had osteosarcoma. The bone cancer eventually took his leg, but last week in Steamboat Springs, the young man from Missouri proved it didn't steal his smile or his enthusiasm for life.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes spring to top finishes in Park City

Twenty-two athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club traveled to Park City, Utah, last weekend and posted top finishes at the Wester Regional Championships in the final meet of the season.

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Steamboat Ski Area hosts Sunshine Kids for 11th straight year

Each year the Sunshine Kids Foundation invites a group of children to the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area where they can leave hospitals and doctors behind them and enjoy a week on the snow.

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John F. Russell: Life lessons sometimes take a lifetime to understand

Sometimes in life the most important lessons take us years to fully grasp. Earlier this month I learned a former photojournalism professor had died and I realized the lessons he taught me so long ago are the ones that I use everyday of my life.

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Harnessing tradition

A day in the life

Twenty minutes north of downtown Steamboat Springs, two ranchers feed cattle throughout winter months using eight-legged horse power instead of horsepower.

John F. Russell: Eddie the Eagle's popularity soared to new heights at 1988 Olympic Games

Back in 1988, the world tuned in to see just how far Eddie the Eagle would fly at the Winter Olympic Games. Truth be told no one ever expected the guy to win, but that didn't stop us from wanting to see if he would land on his feet.

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Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Nobody was hurt Tuesday afternoon after a moose charged hikers, their dogs and a man walking along Spring Creek Trail with his baby in a backpack.

John F. Russell: Panthers, commentators find out why expectations can be so dangerous

Before last Sunday's Super Bowl, game expectations were flying all around Santa Clara, California, like footballs. But when the game came to a close, those expectations had taken their toll and taught players and fans a valuable lesson about sports.

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John F. Russell: Paige VanArsdale isn't about to let a disability define her

Paige VanArsdale has dealt with obstacles her entire life, but the Steamboat Springs High School student isn't about to let cerebral palsy define who she is, or what she can do.

Bill Johnson's bittersweet story helped give American skiing a little swagger

Bill Johnson ignited America's interest in downhill skiing back in the 1980s. it was a love-hate relationship, but in the end, no one can deny Johnson's impact on the sport and his place in its story.

John F. Russell: Fans face disappointment in sports

Sports fans understand disappointment, but what happens when your favorite teams packs up and leaves town.

New program offers young athletes chance to fly

Local coach hoping to inspire next generation of jumpers with "learn to fly" program at Howelsen on Saturday.

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Winter Sports Club cross country skiers leave mark on US Senior National Championships

Steamboat Springs was well-represented by 10 skiers at last week's U.S. Senior National Championships.

John F. Russell: The best stories in sports rarely have to do with the score

As a sports writer, I totally understand the importance of the score of a game and the impact of a great result. But I learned a long time ago the best sports stories are normally not found on the scoreboard.

High Altitude Basketball set to take over adult basketball league

High Altitude Basketball hopes to bring new life, new interest into adult leagues.

John F. Russell: Drones make impact on ski racing

A hundredth of a second takes on new meaning for Austrian ski racer.

Local cowboy rides to top at Las Vegas Rodeo

Hayden cowboy Keenan Hayes travelled to Las Vegas to take his place among the world's best mini bareback riders.

Big Dreams: Devin de Jong

Devin de Jong

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Ready for next big dream

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

John F. Russell: The reasons we play the game

So many athletes from Steamboat Springs have been able to play the games they love in college, but the possibility of a college scholarship shouldn't be the reason to play.

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Young cowboys head to Las Vegas hoping to bring home titles

Hayden youths hope to excel at Mini Bareback Riding World Championships

Young bareback riders will take their titles, and hopes to Las Vegas this week hoping to earn top showings at the Mini Bareback Riding World Championships.

John F. Russell: It's a time to give thanks for the traditions of living in Ski Town USA

Some skiers have made a tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday a bit early in Steamboat Springs as part of Scholarship Day.

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Season gets rolling with annual Scholarship Day to support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The traditions that surround Steamboat Ski Area's Scholarship Day helps make the opening day something to remember.

John F. Russell: Ski jumping perfect fit for summer fun

Imagine Bermuda shorts, loud, flowered shirts and a World Cup ski-jumping event taking place on an island with a tropical backdrop. It might sound like a crazy idea, but it's not out of the question with today's modern jumping complexes.

John F. Russell: Finding well-rounded athletes means looking beyond the field

It's easy to defined them by the sport they play, but athletes in Routt County are constantly reminding us that their's more to a book than just the cover.

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New programs aimed at teaching the basics, bringing young players into the game

Introduction to hockey programs offer young skaters the opportunity to learn the game.

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Love of snowboarding fuels Steamboat Springs man's desire to collect

Chris Smith entered the snowboarding world back in early 1980s and today his love for the sport is matched only by his collection of vintage boards.

High school careers come to an end, but lessons learned will not be wasted

It's a sad time of year around high school sports, but while some careers will come to an end, the lessons they conveyed will not.

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Bulldogs stifle Hayden Tigers comeback bid

The volleyball team from Hotchkiss was able to move past the Hayden Tigers Tuesday night during a pigtail match to determine the final team to earn a spot in this weekend's district tournament, which is being hosted by Grand Valley in Parachute.

John F. Russell: Teams should never apologize for winning

Winning is never saying your sorry.

There is no "sorry" in winning.

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A dog's life in Dogtown USA

Dogs in Steamboat Springs live the good life as far as dogs are concerned. Fresh mountain air, plenty of no-leash options, businesses that welcome pets and miles of outdoor trails and fun make Routt County a great place for dog owners and their companions.

John F. Russell: Science finds its place in the waters of Old Town Hot Springs

It may have looked a lot like a race across the pool, but on Friday morning, the waters of the Old Town Hot Springs pool became a classroom, and the winners all left the water with a well-deserved lesson in how to test the limits of cardboard and duct tape.

John F. Russell: Referees need to keep the game alive

Finding adults willing to referee children's games is a growing problem and it would seem that it's impact is being felt even in places as sports-crazy as Steamboat Springs.

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Local skiers looking for support, assistance as season draws closer

Ski racers Anna Marno and Hig Roberts are carrying on Steamboat's rich Alpine traditions, but they understand they will need the support of the community to chase their Olympic dreams.

John F. Russell: Living in Steamboat Springs means living with wildlife

There are not that many places in the world where you can walk down a bike path and come across moose, bears, elk and deer. it's alway a fantastic opportunity, and gives local residents a chance to watch, enjoy and show these animals respect.

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Yampa Valley Science School offers sixth graders chance to learn, grow

Yampa Valley Science School offers students a chance to learn in nature.

John F. Russell: Moose is Loose pays it forward

Former National, college and professional ski racer's golf tournament provides helping hand for future Olympic stars.