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John F. Russell

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Y.E.S. Golf Tournament offers early registration break, chance to help local students

The deadline for early registration for the Y.E.S. Golf Tournament is quickly approaching.

Tom Southall's story reflects the spirit of a true champion

Back in the late 1970s, a young athlete from Steamboat Springs set out to make his mark on the football fields, basketball courts and tracks of Northwest Colorado. By the time he graduated from high school, Tom Southall had changed the way people in Steamboat Springs, and Colorado, viewed those with disabilities.

New award recognizes coaches and athlete who made a difference in Steamboat Springs

Thirty years ago a young athletes named Tom Southall captured the attention of Steamboat Springs, the state of Colorado and the country. Three legendary Steamboat Springs coaches are the first to share an award that will recognize those who work with athletes that are full of unexpected potential.

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Steamboat Golf Club ready to open for the season

The Steamboat Golf Club plans to open its doors Saturday ushering in the 50th anniversary of the popular 9-hole course west of Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat girls tennis team cruises past Vail Mountain at home

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team continued to move in the right direction Tuesday afternoon with an impressive win against Vail Mountain at home.

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Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer squads post top finishes at state championship

Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer teams overcome challenges to post top results at Colorado All Star State Championships.

John F. Russell: Track allows athletes to spring into spring

The impact of the all-weather track in Steamboat Springs has helped spring sports blossom.

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Haymaker 2014 season passes go on sale

There still is plenty of snow in the Yampa Valley, but for some people, it's never too early to start thinking about golf.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse comes from behind against Thompson Valley to extend streak to 7

At halftime during Monday afternoon's boys lacrosse game against Thompson Valley, it looked as though the Sailors' undefeated season was coming to an end — but there was no way this team was going down without a fight.

Fund set up to help Ryan McConnell and his family after fall in Arches National Park

A fund has been set up at a Steamboat Springs Bank to help fall victim Ryan McConnell and his family.

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Homegrown artist finds her place in the world of tattoos

Steamboat Springs resident Melissa Freeman always has loved art, but these days her canvas is skin, and her art is creating tattoos.

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STARS Mountain Challenge aims to pack slopes, provide support for life-changing programs

Executive director hopes that Mountain Challenge will spark support for vital life-changing programs in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Alyessa proves that skiing is about smiles, not results

All it took was a couple of runs with Horizon's client Alyessa Yeagher to remind me what skiing was all about — the smiles.

Local recovering in Grand Junction hospital after falling at Arches National Park

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Ryan McConnell is recovering in a Grand Junction hospital this week after falling off of a rock "fin" at Arches National Park in Utah.

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.