Friday Mar 05 2010
Fuller dominates Super G, claims three podiums going into Junior Olympics
Folsom High freshman Jordan Fuller is peaking at just the right time with three podium finishes at the Northstar Super G series. With seven of the top-20 ranked 14-year-old Super G racers in the country competing, it was sure to be an extremely competitive weekend of racing with phenomenal ski racing on display, and the boys did not disappoint. The demanding and technical course dropped 1,200 feet in elevation off the backside of Northstar, winding down through 34 gates with 29 direction changes on the one-mile long run called “Challenger” with the top racers completing the course in just over one minute. Top speeds reached 70 miles per hour and the margin of victory was ever so slim, as little as three tenths of a second. That’s the equivalent of the winner reaching the finish line just 36 inches ahead of second place. The 2010 Far West Super G Junior Olympic qualifier at Northstar at Tahoe saw Fuller, giving up 3-6 inches in height and 20-50 pounds in weight to all the rest of the top-five finishers, showed that skill and aggressive tactics can overcome a size disadvantage and won three podiums, a second-place finish on both Saturday’s and Sunday's races and a third-place finish on Monday's race. Fuller also received the “Hard Charger” award for moving up 12 spots from his 15th start to his third-place finish Monday. Fuller was one of only two racers to podium all three days at Northstar, which gives him five podiums in the nine-race series. Fuller also helped his team, the Squaw Valley Ski Team, sweep the podium all three days at Northstar, propelling SVST to an unprecedented repeat title as the top J3 team in the West and again set a national record for team points, exceeding last years all-time record of 1,091 team points with an astounding 1,123 points and recognition as again the No. 1 J3 team in the United States for the second consecutive year. Individually, Fuller’s finishes this weekend allowed him to record the fifth highest overall point total in the nine race Junior Olympic qualifier series and guaranteed him a first seed in start order at Junior Olympics for Slalom and Super G and a second seed in Giant Slalom. Fuller now turns his attention to representing the Squaw Valley Ski Team and the West at the USSA National Junior Olympics at Mt. Bachelor, OR. Next week. His season concludes with the Far West Champs the first week of April.