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John F. Russell

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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.

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Basketball brings brothers together on, and off the court

The basketball court has allowed the Riniker brothers to share a special connection through the years, something they hope will continue long after their playing days have come to an end.

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Steamboat Springs comes out on wrong side of thrilling home opener against Fort Collins

The Steamboat Springs hockey team battles to the end but fails to slip past Fort Collins in overtime.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team eager to play on home ice of Howelsen Hill

The members of the Steamboat Springs hockey team have plenty to celebrate this week after wrapping up finals, looking forward to the holiday break and hosting a home hockey game.

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South Routt athletes recognized for accomplishments off the field of competition

Soroco Rams fans had plenty to cheer about last fall as the teams competed for state titles, and now those student-athletes prove that success is also found in the classroom.

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Holiday Classic perfect homecoming for skiers from Steamboat Springs

The Holiday Classic offers Steamboat Springs ski racer Serina Kidd a chance to come back home, step on the podium.

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Skiers test skills, grit on steep-pitched slopes of Howelsen Hill

Alpine racing took center stage at Howelsen Hill Monday as the Surefoot Holiday Classic opened with the first of three events.

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Tennis Center brings on new instructor to serve up pickleball

New instructor to offer pickle ball instruction at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs,

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Holiday Classic brings top-level Alpine ski racing back to Steamboat Springs.

A holiday tradition brings top ski racers to Steamboat Springs for slalom races on Howelsen Hill.

Holiday Classic brings Alpine ski racing back to Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs will be the place for Alpine ski racers to be next week as Howelsen Hill prepares to host the annual Holiday Classic.

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Former Wisconsin Badger, Steamboat Springs resident joins College Hall of Fame

Former college and NFL great Tim Krumrie was honored with Hall of Fame induction at the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York City.

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Camps keep tennis players in Steamboat Springs Swinging through the holidays

Steamboat Tennis Association and tennis center offer plenty of opportunities to keep local players on the courts through the holidays.

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Steamboat Springs High School teams, athletes honored for efforts in the classroom

Steamboat Springs High School sports teams were honored for their work in the classroom as part of academic all-state teams.

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Steamboat Springs Sailors bring home post-season honors

The fall season is in the books, but the cover wasn't closed before the top Steamboat Springs athletes were honored by the conference and the state.

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Tubing operations suspended as new season brings lots of changes to Howelsen Hill

Changes at Howelsen Hill will bring more beginner ski trails, new terrain parks, jumps and improved cross-country ski trails, but these improvements also mean the end of a tubing operation that has been a fixture at the downtown ski area for the past eight years.

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Ski Town Classic gives local hockey players a chance to test skills on ice

Steamboat Springs is set to heat up the ice in annual Ski Town Classic hockey tournament starting on Friday.

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Steamboat Springs ski racer looking to open World Cup season with fast starts

Anna Marno, who scored her first World Cup points and a national title last season, will be looking to continue her success at World Cup races in Canada this week.

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Hayden cowboy picks up win in Tulsa, hopes for continued success in Las Vegas

Junior cowboys learned about life, and sport as while making the journey down rodeo road.

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Steamboat Springs motorcycle racers overcome challenges, complete Baja 1000

A group of off-road motorcycle racers overcame 830 miles worth of challenges last weekend en route to placing fourth in their division at the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000.

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Turkey Trot gives runners a chance to build up an appetite

Annual holiday run helps athletes build up an appetite before sitting down to eat at Thanksgiving feast.

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Steamboat Sailors coach hoping Red White game becomes holiday tradition

Sailors boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl is hoping to build the Red White game into a holiday hardwood tradition.

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Hayden cowboys head to Tulsa this weekend for Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

Young cowboys follow love of rodeo to Tulsa where they will take a shot at glory in the Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

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Steamboat Ski Area on track for opening day despite warm November temperatures

Steamboat Ski Area officials ae still hoping for cool temperatures and snow, but they are confident next Wednesday's opening will happen.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team ready to heat up the ice this season

In a few short weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School Hockey team will open a new season, with a new coach. But coaches and players insist they will take the ice with the same winning attitude

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Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping to overcome setbacks, regain his position with U.S. Ski Team

Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping his passion for the sport will carry him to the top.

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New coach takes the ice as Steamboat Springs Hockey team moved toward season

Sailors' new coach is no stranger to local players or to finding success on the ice.