Folsom skier earns three trophies

By: Special to The Telegraph
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Folsom's Jordan Fuller overcame a broken hand suffered in training a week prior and took home three trophies at the USSA Far West Champs. Fuller wrapped up the ninth overall title for the season at Mammoth's Super G earlier in the month and won two trophies in the three events being held at the champs. Fuller, training over spring break on Squaw Valley's Red Dog slalom course, fell and injured his right hand. After icing the hand for an hour, Fuller was back on the hill training for the slalom at the champs. Fuller continued to train all day and the next day before realizing that it was more than a just a sprained hand. A trip to the doctor revealed he had a displaced fracture of the MP joint in the right hand. After consulting with sports specialist the decision was made to go with a special Spika cast that was molded to his ski pole and allowed Fuller to have some limited movement of the wrist and some gripping ability of the fingers. They then molded the cast to his ski pole and Fuller was back out training for the champs the next day. The Far West Champs began March 27 with the slalom. Despite the pain of having to block the gates with his hands, Jordan was still able to place 10th out of 113 contestants in the J4 boys division. Fuller followed that up on Friday with a respectable 14th in the giant slalom, despite racing the second run in the dark with limited visibility due to course delays. Saturday's super giant slalom found Fuller in the top-10 in the training run for the one-run event. Unfortunately, running 10th from last on a course getting slower by the moment, Fuller had the odds stacked against him. Nearing the finish line, Fuller hooked a gate with his casted thumb and spun around 180 degrees, skiing backwards. By some miracle, he was able to spin back foreword and stay in the course without falling, but his speed was lost and his chance at a fourth trophy was gone. Fuller moves up to the very competitive USSA Far West J3 division next year, racing against some of the best skiers in the nation.