Fuller notches first top-30 finish in an Elite International race; Named to J2 Nationals squad

By: Staff Report
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Folsom High junior Jordan Fuller had a successful week at Jackson Hole, Wyo., recording his first overall top-30 finish in an elite international race and another top-10 for the J2 division. The week was capped with the release of the Western Region’s selections for USSA/Marriott J2 National Championships being held this year at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. Fuller was named to J2 Nationals again this year and has earned selections to four consecutive National Championship race series. With seven countries represented including USA, Austria, Sweden, France, New Zealand, Canada and Slovenia and many US Ski Team and National Ski Team members competing in Wyoming, this was the real deal with World Cup terrain, course sets and race-course length. These races were the most demanding and challenging races Fuller has ever competed in. Day one and two were giant slalom races and despite making real progress improving his points this year, the level of competition was so high that he was still seeded in the bottom 40 percent of the 129 competitors. Fuller was able to move up both days, to 58th overall on Saturday and to 56th overall Sunday in very difficult conditions. Days three and four were slalom races and were even more challenging with fresh snow on the world cup set courses, making racing in the back even more difficult. Fuller moved up to 52nd after run one, and in his best slalom run all season, Fuller laid down the 26th fastest time in the afternoon run, lifting him to 30th overall and 10th among J2's. Tuesdays Slalom started great despite the steady snow falling and limited visibility, when he had a fantastic run and finished 35th after run one and he was in great position to score on run two. Unfortunately, Fuller was disqualified because he was charged with straddling gate 57, only five from the finish and his day was over.