First it was the 540 McTwist by Mike McGill in 1984,

then the 720 by Tony Hawk in 1985,

then the 900 by Tony Hawk in 1999,

then the 1080 by 12-year-old Tom Schaar in 2012,

and then the second 1080 by 16-year-old Colorado Springs resident Jono Schwan this [...]

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Jessica Long is a Paralympic swimmer who trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We had a chance to visit with her following a recent training session at the pool at the OTC. Not only does Long hold 20 world records in her sport, during the 2012 Paralympic Games in [...]

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Gambling kept Rose out of baseball’s Hall of Fame, and years later, the fallout continues. Topps baseball cards has quietly removed his name from back of cards that note major achievements. But is it time to re-evaluate Rose’s singular status as a Major League Baseball pariah?

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The ski industry runs on snow, some resorts more than others. Ski towns like Aspen and Vail still get business in spite of poor snow. Last year while many resorts took a huge hit, Aspen did well because of one type of guest: the international visitor. This sought after tourist books longer vacations, spends [...]

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Winter means many things to many people: holidays, roasted chestnuts, snow men/forts/balls/angels, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), etc. For me, one particular association has always trumped the rest… ice skating. In my home state of Minnesota, free outdoor skating opportunities abound during the winter, and I took full advantage of them growing up. So, [...]

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The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey. KRCC’s Kate Dunn says the report shows conservation continues to be an important issue for many sportsmen.

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With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced the formation of what he’s calling the Pension Solutions Team…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey…and, more.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate ticked down two-tenths of a percent last month, to 8 percent…The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars into the state.

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The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars in to the state.

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The final of the USA Pro Challenge came down to the wire yesterday in Denver. In the end, American cyclist Christian Vande Velde won the seven-day stage race beating out two other Americans by mere seconds. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Last week’s announcement that Lance Armstrong had finally given up fighting allegations of doping during his seven-straight Tour de France victories came on the same day the the USA Pro Cycling Challenge arrived in Colorado [...]

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Cyclists were about an hour ahead of schedule today as they rode into Colorado Springs on the 5th stage of the USA Pro Challenge…Colorado Highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore has reopened…Colorado health officials are reporting 12 people hospitalized for West Nile virus.

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Cyclists were about an hour ahead of schedule today as they rode into Colorado Springs on the 5th leg of the USA Pro Challenge. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was along the circuit route, and has this report.

The stage began in Breckenridge and picked up Highway 24 near Hartsel. Riders traveled through Garden of the [...]

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It’s been almost two months since the country saw the devastating pictures of the Mountain Shadows subdivision burning in Colorado Springs. Those images drove down lodging numbers 13% in July according to a recent report. Today as the USA Pro Challenge rolls into town, officials hope a new image will emerge—and a brighter future [...]

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For seven days across Colorado, transportation is interrupted, delayed and detoured by the USA Pro Challenge. Major highways are closed, and cities like Aspen shut down streets and intersections for the event. For the agencies responsible, like the Colorado Department of Transportation, it’s the culmination of months of planning.

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Racers with the USA Pro Challenge roared down Independence Pass yesterday at speeds of around 60 miles an hour before finishing in downtown Aspen. It was the end of a grueling 130-mile run from Gunnison. A Colorado rider took the winning spot in the race leg. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon has this recap.

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Get Psyched for Tights!

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(all photos in this slide show by John Sondericker)

It’s time once again to get ourselves psyched up for the blur of logo-splattered colorful skin-tight suits on wheels that is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. To do so we bring you Westsider John Sondericker’s fantastic shots from last year’s race of [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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More than 120 of the world’s top cyclists sprinted into downtown Telluride to wrap up the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge Monday afternoon. Bente Birkeland has more on the winner.

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Trinidad City Councilman Joe Bonato and Councilwoman Bernadette Baca-Gonzales are the only two candidates who have qualified to run for the recently vacated mayoral position in the town, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…

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Communities across the state are getting ready to welcome the top cyclists in the world for the second annual USA Pro Challenge, dubbed America’s Race. The cycling race begins today in Durango where Bente Birkeland reports many locals are excited, but also uncertain, whether it’ll mean a boost to businesses.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.3 percent in July…

Estimates regarding the size of a marijuana bust in Pueblo County have turned out to be on the conservative side, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Top cyclists in the world are preparing to compete in Colorado for the second annual USA Pro Challenge starting Monday.

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While top cyclists prepare to hit the pavement in the USA Pro Challenge next week and the Leadville Trail 100 race kicks off tomorrow, world-class runners have also come from all over to Manitou Springs to take part in the 57th annual Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent this weekend. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has this [...]

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