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Steamboat snowboarder Arielle Gold injured, out of Olympic half-pipe event

Arielle Gold’s Olympics came to an end in devastating fashion Wednesday as the Steamboat Springs snowboarder was forced to withdraw from the afternoon’s women’s half-pipe competition after sustaining a shoulder injury in training before the qualification round.

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Americans behind after first morning jump

Billy Demong is 1:33 back after the jumping portion of the Individual Gundersen Normal Hill event on Wednesday.

Luke Graham: Nordic combined primer

Luke Graham: Nordic combined primer

Women's ski jumping takes flight

Women ski jumpers competed in the Olympics for the first time ever Tuesday night.

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Americans come up empty in half-pipe

The American halfpipe snowboarders couldn't handle the pipe on Tuesday, each coming up empty.

Randall can't advance

American medal favorite Kikkan Randall couldn't get through the quarterfinals in the cross country sprints, dashing her hopes of a medal.

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Gold misses half-pipe finals

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Taylor Gold fell on his last hit of his last run and didn't make the half-pipe finals Tuesday night.

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Nordic combined team eyes opening event

The U.S. Nordic combined team again struggled on the jumping hill in Tuesday's final practice before the first event on Wednesday.

Luke Graham: The chase

There are a lot of moving parts that go into covering an Olympic Games.

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Canadians dominate moguls again

The Canadians took the top two spots again in moguls on Monday in Russia.

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Russian half-pipe comes into question

After Monday's training session, snowboard riders questioned the viability of the half-pipe.

Mancuso clutch again

America's Julia Mancuso was clutch again Monday, winning bronze in the women's super combined.

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Bode Miller struggles in downhill, finishes 8th

Bode Miller came in as the favorite in the downhill, but a slow mid section landed him in eighth.

Luke Graham: Upstaged by the prime minister

The interviewing process at the Olympics is always challenging. It’s interesting, it’s tight spaced, and often, it’s downright frustrating.

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Billy Kidd's 1964 Olympic medal paved the way for American skiers

At just 20 years old, Billy Kidd won America's first men's Alpine medal. Fifty years later, his slalom silver still resonates.

Luke Graham: Hannah Kearney's best is yet to come

Despite a bronze on Saturday in Russia, Hannah Kearney's future will be bright no matter what she decides to do.

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Steamboat's Outtrim takes 6th in moguls at Olympics

Steamboat Springs skier Eliza Outtrim finished sixth on Saturday in women's moguls.

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America's Hannah Kearney can't repeat in moguls at Sochi

Hannah Kearney bobbled in a mogul after the first jump, falling to the bronze Saturday in the women's moguls.

Bode Miller eyes win in Sunday's downhill

Five-time Olympian Bode Miller is eyeing gold in Sunday's downhill in the only way he knows how.

Luke Graham: A jaunt through the mountain cluster

I woke up Saturday and felt like I could have slept for another 22 hours. But near our room is a gondola that takes Olympic viewers and regular skiers and boarders up the mountain for a day's fun.

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Opening ceremony kicks off 2014 Olympics

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick carried the American flag on Friday in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games.

Luke Graham: Let's not call these the worst games ever

Let the games begin before passing judgment. Could this end up being the worst Olympics in history? Possibly, but we don’t know now. Watch the narrative shift. Things will get better, we just have to have patience.

Kearney, Outtrim make moguls finals

American skiers Hannah Kearney and Eliza Outtrim made the women's moguls finals on Saturday.

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Outtrim advances to moguls finals

In her first Olympic experience, Steamboat Springs skier Eliza Outtrim performed like an old pro, advancing to Saturday's women's moguls finals.

Vail's Kloser injures knee

Vail skier Heidi Kloser injured her knee Thursday before the first women's moguls qualifications.

Luke Graham: Projecting the medals

Luke Graham: Projecting the medals

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Kearney looking to add to legacy

With a win in the women's moguls, Hannah Kearney would become the first freestyle skier to win two gold medals.

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For gold, by the Golds: Steamboat's brother-sister snowboarding duo relate their journey to the Olympics

In many ways, the rise of Steamboat Springs siblings Taylor and Arielle Gold to the U.S. Olympic half-pipe snowboarding team has been meteoric. Even just 13 months ago, neither would have been projected to make the trip to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics. Yet here they both are, cemented as two of the best riders in the United States. At the same time, nothing about their climb to the top of the snowboarding world has been quick. It’s taken years of training, incredible vision and outstanding confidence. This is that story — their journey, the highlights and the hard work — in their own words and the words of their friends, family and coaches who were there every step of the way. This is the story of the Golds, by the Golds.

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Winter Carnival: 1-of-a-kind fireworks show a year in the making

If past shows are any indication, the 100-year celebration for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will feature a one-of-a-kind firework show. The show will begin at about 8:30 or 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with the 36-inch shell set to be the finale.

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Steamboat to Sochi: Steamboat has long history of sending athletes to Olympics

Two steps into Olympian Hall, and it’s hard not to take a gander toward the ceiling. There, flags of host Olympic countries cover just about every crevasse of open space. It’s a reminder of the past Olympics and a nod to the countries that hosted them. But it’s also a striking reminder of Steamboat’s own Olympic heritage.

Steamboat to Sochi: Moguls skier Kearney pursues historic run

When the U.S. moguls team begins its quest in Sochi, Russia, it all will begin with a single name. Hannah Kearney. The Vermont native has become the Michael Jordan of her sport. Sporting pigtails through her helmet, she’s anything but Pippi Longstocking. She is hell on skis.

Luke Graham: I've yet to brush up on my Russian

But as my "to-do" list hits its fourth page (I've yet to check off No. 1 of doing laundry), the realization that the Olympics are here is starting to hit.

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Steamboat photographer to be honored Friday

Local photographer Jim Steinberg will receive The Fine Arts Foundation’s 2014 Citizen of the Arts award Friday.

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Steamboat Dancing with the Stars returns Friday

The third annual Steamboat Dancing With the Stars returns Friday.

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Steamboat group setting off for journey to World Cup

A group from Steamboat is leaving Monday for the soccer World Cup in Brazil, hoping along the way to find out how soccer can unite the world.

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Steamboat Strings Music Festival names new director

Michael Sachs, the principal trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra, has been named the Strings Music Festival’s Music Director.

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Steamboat's Outtrim rides emotions to Olympic berth

After initially thinking she wouldn't make the U.S. mogul team, Eliza Outtrim found out she still had a chance.

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Steamboat Dance Showcase returns for 18th year

The Steamboat Dance Showcase returns for its 18th year Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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New book looks at ski industry and climate change

Powder magazine writer and editor Porter Fox's new book Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow looks at the way climate change is affecting the outdoor industry.

Steamboat sends 2 more to Sochi

Former Steamboat skiers Patrick Deneen and Eliza Outtrim were named to the Olympic moguls team on Tuesday.

Executive director resigns from Steamboat Springs Arts Council

For the second time in five months, the Steamboat Springs Art Council has had a shakeup at the top. Lawrence Block, who started as executive director in early November, resigned Dec. 19.

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Cowboy Downhill to celebrate its 40th year in Steamboat

As Steamboat Ski Area Director of Skiing Billy Kidd sees it, Monday’s 40th annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill was built for those rodeo daredevils.

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Former Steamboat resident gives look at relationships through film

Former Steamboat Springs resident Gillian Pierce has produced 56 short films exploring the nature of successful relationships.

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Mountain Standard Time returns to Steamboat Springs

Nederland band Mountain Standard Time returns to Steamboat at 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub.

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Steamboat man trying to organize Yampapalooza

Local Tommy Larson is trying to organize Yampapalooza, a day of garage bands at McKnight's.

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Old man and the skis: Spillane adjusting to life after Nordic combined

Sometimes it’s milk and sometimes it’s bread, but it’s always a call Hilary Spillane can make now. After a long day of work and the grocery list is missing that one thing, Hilary doesn’t have to load the children up, hop back in the car and make the drive. Husband Johnny now is a phone call away. “It’s a little different,” Hilary said. “Any little thing you need you can stop and think about it and he’s here to help you.”

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Steamboat's Leaner, Lunker and Betsy to play reunion show Sunday

Leaner, Lunker and Betsy, a mainstay in Steamboat during the early 1970s, plays a reunion show Sunday at the Chief Theater.

Steamboat New Year's options plentiful

New Year's Eve events in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat local pitching a variety show

Steamboat Springs native Jill Wernig is putting together a new variety show.

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Perry-Mansfield to host show to fund local scholarship

In association with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Phillip Hernandez and Jeremy Wall will put together a week of activities to help fund a local scholarship.