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Fuller wins slalom at USSA/Far West Championships; takes J2 overall title with a first and third-place finish

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Folsom High junior Jordan Fuller has been knocking on the door all year and finally busted it down for his first win of the season at the USSA Mid-J3 Far West Championships at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. Fuller backed that win up with a third-place finish in the other slalom race. Each spring all of the USSA divisions hold their own Division Championship-Tech Series with two giant slalom and two slalom races. The Far West Division held their championship tech series March 31 through April 3 at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The giant slalom contests were rained out on Saturday and Sunday’s race was canceled due to 20 inches of new snow. The weather cleared Sunday morning, allowing the snow to melt a little before freezing on a clear, cold night, setting up a firm and fast racing surface for the second portion of the championships tech series -- the two slalom races. Fuller, who began racing at 5 years old at Heavenly Valley in 2000, knows the mountain well. Day one provided a great start when Fuller was able to move up to fourth among J2's and sixth overall after the first run on solid skiing. On a new set of skis, Fuller hammered the second run and moved up to fourth overall and third among J2's, beating all the J1's and losing only to two Squaw teammates and one 19-year-old college racer. On day two, the new skis performed flawlessly and Fuller executed the slalom course perfectly, not even a hint of a bobble, moving up to fourth overall and second among J2's. On run two, Fuller had a good run and moved up to third overall and first among J2's. Fuller also captured first place overall for the J2's with 160 points, as he had his name inscribed in the "Emily Clothier perpetual trophy.” Fuller wraps up the 2012 season with a FIS tech series at Sugar Bowl April 8-11 before heading to Mt. Bachelor, Oregon April 12-19 for his last race of the season, the Western Region's FIS Spring Speed Week with four downhills and two Super G races.