Fuller posts top-10 finishes at ski competition in IdahoBy: Staff Report
Folsom High senior Jordan Fuller made the arduous 17-hour drive to Northern Idaho to compete in the FIS U21/U18 Speed Championships Qualifier series at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Fuller overcame a big field to punch his ticket to the FIS/Marriott U18 National Championships with three top 10s, including a fourth place and seventh place in the downhill and a ninth in the last day of Super G.
Fuller was clocked at 71 MPH in the downhill that spanned 1 1/4 miles in length and dropped 1,481 feet in elevation, but he was still up to 4 MPH slower than the top-three finishers. Fuller knew he had to be technically "better" than anyone else to have any kind of shot so he took a very aggressive, straight line down the course and cut off a meter or so off each turn and was able to close the gap by shortening the course by about 32 meters (32 gates). Thirty-two meters is about 100 feet and that doesn't sound like much, but at 71 MPH and the difference between first and fourth being less than one second, it helped Fuller remain competitive among the best U18 racers in the country.
Fuller ended up beating all but three U21 racers and all but three U18 racers that day. The next downhill was postponed till the following morning due to fog, but visibility remained an issue when they ran at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when Fuller struggled to find and keep the line.
Wednesday afternoon brought to Super G portion of the series and better visibility but more challenges for Fuller, who decided to break out brand new Super G skis from his sponsor Volkl and new boots from his new Boot sponsor, Lange. Racing on one-week old skis and boots right out of the box, Fuller ended up 40th.
Thursday morning brought a new opportunity and Fuller went back to his old boots and skis and finished in ninth place.
Fuller hits the road again for Park City Utah FIS Elite Tech Series the last week of January.