Join us for local sports news from throughout La Plata County. From cycling and mountain biking to skiing and college sports, we have you covered.

Ep. 14: Pro basketball player DeAndre Lansdowne

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Monday, June 17, 2019

DeAndre Lansdowne is the all-time leading scorer in Fort Lewis College basketball history, but his path to the top professional league in Germany was long and full of uncertainty. We talk about his journey from Albuquerque to Durango to Mexico and finally Germany, and the maturation process along the way.

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Ep. 13: Professional soccer player Lauren Milliet
Friday, June 14, 2019
Durango High School and Colorado College alumna Lauren Milliet dropped by while on a brief break from games in the National Women's Soccer League. She was drafted by the defending champion North Carolina Courage in January and is in the midst of her rookie season. We talk about her career goals, equality in women's soccer and how she forged her path to the pro level. Also, hear her explain why she wouldn't have changed missing her college graduation and commencement speaker Oprah Winfrey.
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Ep. 12: College golfer Cory Gillespie
Monday, June 10, 2019
College golfer and Durango High School alum Cory Gillespie drops by to talk about his path to collegiate golf and goals of turning professional after his senior season in 2020. He is one of the amateurs to watch at this week’s Navajo Trail Open at Hillcrest Golf Club. Along with golf, we talk about his early-life battles with seizures caused by epilepsy and the elbow injury that threatened his golf career in high school.
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Ep. 11: Pro mountain biker Stephan Davoust
Monday, June 3, 2019
Durango's own Stephan Davoust drops in to chat about his breakthrough pro mountain bike season that has included podium finishes at the SOHO Bike Festival, the USA Cycling Marathon National Championships and a win at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. We discuss his mental approach to pro racing and what it's like to grow up in a town full of so many fast riders, including his junior buddy Sepp Kuss. Davoust also gives John some advice on what it's like to have a parent with cancer.
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Ep. 10: University of Colorado athletic director Rick George and new head football coach Mel Tucker
Friday, May 17, 2019
University of Colorado athletic director Rick George and new head football coach Mel Tucker roll into Durango during the CU Boulder Chancellor's Summer Tour. Before meeting local alums and fans, George and Tucker took time to discuss the excitement surrounding Buffaloes football going into the 2019 season and the importance of winning football on campus. They also break down their journey over Red Mountain Pass, and Tucker answers what advice he would give to a long struggling Division II program at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
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Ep. 9: Quinn Simmons' new FKT on the White Rim Trail
Friday, May 10, 2019
Quinn Simmons returns to the show a day after his 18th birthday when he set a new FKT on the White Rim Trail in Moab. We discuss why he did it differently than the Payson McElveen route that McElveen was hoping to standardize, and take a look ahead to his road races in Europe as well as his historic win at the junior men’s Gent-Wevelgen.
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Ep. 8: Sports talk show host Steve Bortstein
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Sports talk radio host and horse racing expert Steve Bortstein joins the show to talk about the controversial Kentucky Derby. We also dive into the current state of sports journalism and what stories motivate us. Steve also takes us into his 170-pound weight loss journey.
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Ep. 7: Snowboarder Mark Daley
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Snowboarder Mark Daley drops in to talk about Purgatory Resort’s historic season that has stretched into May for the first time ever. We also discuss his fifth USASA national championship, how to make a life out of snowboarding and his infamous log hits that landed Purgatory footage on TransWorld SNOWboarding this year. Music by Kevin Macleod, Incompetech.
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Ep. 6: Sarah Sturm, singlespeed cyclocross national champion
Friday, April 26, 2019
Reigning singlespeed cyclocross national champion Sarah Sturm drops by to talk about everything from her start in cycling at Fort Lewis College, coaching the current Fort Lewis team, bikepacking, her new gravel team with Specialized and her criterium win at Sea Otter on a gravel bike, her work with the Specialized Foundation and the push for equal prize purses for men and women at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Music by Kevin Macleod, Incompetech. We apologize for audio issues in this episode.
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Ep. 5: Pro trail runner Dakota Jones
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Professional trail runner Dakota Jones stops by after the Lake Sonoma 50 to talk about racing, his love for the Hardrock 100, what inspires him and how Durango has shaped him as a person. We also dive into his inspiring work with nonprofit environmental organization Protect Our Winters and his message for politicians and high school audiences. Music courtesy of Kevin Macleod, Incompetech.
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Ep. 4: Pro skier Sven Brunso
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Durango-based professional skier Sven Brunso drops in to talk about the in-town skiing that hadn’t been accessible for a decade, until this year, as well as his career that has spanned more than two decades and included thousands of published photos and countless covers in some of skiing’s biggest publications. Find out about the sketchiest chair lift he’s ever ridden on and the mountain that still captivates him no matter how many times he skis it. The answers may surprise you. Thanks to Kevin MacLeod and Incompetech for our theme music.
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Ep. 3: Pro cyclist Payson McElveen
Monday, April 1, 2019
Payson McElveen, a 2016 graduate of Fort Lewis College who continues to call Durango home, crafted a plan nearly a year ago to attempt the fastest known time (FKT) record on the White Rim Trail in Moab. Though debated in cycling networks, the widely accepted FKT record of 5 hours, 59 minutes, 34 seconds was set by Salt Lake City-based endurance athlete and well-known skier Andy Dorais in 2016. On Wednesday, McElveen blew past that mark with a final time of 5:45:16 on his Orange Seal Off-Road Team Trek Top Fuel bike. He sits down with John to talk about the White Rim Trail, his career path and why Durango is a special place.
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Ep. 2: World class mountain biker Christopher Blevins
Friday, March 29, 2019
Fresh off a pair of wins in California and with some time back in Durango after wrapping up another quarter at California Polytechnic State University, Christopher Blevins sits down to talk about his singular focus on mountain biking, his goals one year after a silver medal at the world championships and he even gives us a verse of his spoken-word poetry. In the first half, John is joined by former radio co-host Rick O'Block to talk about the NCAA tournament, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and more local sports.
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Ep. 1: Cyclist Quinn Simmons
Friday, March 22, 2019
Professional cyclist Quinn Simmons, 17, talks about his road cycling journey, his recent competitions and what the rest of the season holds. Welcome to the first edition of Living Sports, a podcast covering local sports for The Durango Herald. John Livingston, regional sports editor for Ballantine Communications, talks high school sports, cycling, professional sports and more. Join Livingston and his guests as we shine a spotlight on area athletes. Song “Breakdown” courtesy of incomptech.com.