Tuesday Feb 14 2012
Fuller continues string of top-10s heading to Elite National race in Wyoming
By: Staff Report
Jordan Fuller is rounding into shape and had his best showing of the season last weekend at the Alpine Meadow s Open Grand Prix GS qualifier. Fuller started out Friday with a solid run on the relatively short Giant Slalom course so any mistakes are magnified with little or no chance to make up the difference. Fuller moved up to tenth on the first run and had to back it up on run two. Fuller fought the flat light and rutted course to hold on to tenth place and scored his second-best points result to date for GS. In Saturday’s race Fuller took advantage of the first starting position and laid down a perfect run, fast, smooth and clean. The top-five times were all within just nine-hundredths of a second of each other with Fuller sandwiched in the middle at fourth, just .08 out of first place. It was Fuller's best start all season and anyone's race to win. In the second run, Fuller skied aggressively and was in first place halfway through the run when his left ski washed out on the loose snow covering the crossing path and he fell down, but somehow hip checked, bounced back up, regained his footing and got back on course. Fuller completed the remaining gates perfectly, but it was far too competitive a race and any mistake was fatal in his quest for a podium. Even with the fall, Fuller was 13th overall, seventh among J2's and he felt like with a little better luck, he had skied well enough to earn his first overall podium on the national stage. Fuller’s run five top-10s and one 13th-place finish earned him an invitational to the Western Region Invitational FIS Championships a month from now, back at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, outside Sandpoint Idaho. This weekend he will compete at Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the Elite FIS Tech Race Series No. 2.