Good debate, and just on the point "if" Ted had of finished in first in Val d'Isere like he was very capable of doing this year (for the first time since 09/10 in my opinion) he would have finished second in points tied with Svindal in the overall. If we were to add in a very likely top 3 in Adelboden, well then Ligety would have been right on Marcel's heels!
Ted is already a threat for the overall and similar to Alexi it comes from the occasional solid SG result, great Super Combined results (an event only 2-4 guys have any hope in, which speaks volumes for the direction Pro skiing has gone) and then obviously their strong GS performances. Pinturault's slalom was real bad at many points this year and as he fully matures over the next season I think he will do more and more SG/speed training.
As someone else pointed out Ligety's sheer volume of media commitments this year cut into training time in all respects and was the same for a few other skiing stars. hard volume for the body to take and a real testament to both Ted and Alexi's conditioning that they were both so strong late season.
Ted got caught out big time in Alta Badia, his 2nd hill after Kranskja, he seemed to make a mess of ski choice and tactics and was really caught out by the soft snow, I thought he'd do the same in subsequent races, but he adjusted approach and made it work. He's skiing was a bit off at certain events this year, but when it was going good (a sign of freshness maybe?) he was so dominant, his commitment to line and tactics are his biggest strength, not technique in my opinion and when it worked well he dominated (St.Moritz was astounding).
I'm sure Alexi and Ted and all their staff are having the mega head scrather like us...how to win the overall and really for now it's only Alexi and Ted that are in the "middle" they could choose either full commitment in speed or tech to compliment GS (the cornerstone) and make it work. No one else can say that.
The scary thing is Alexi is only 23....but I don't think he actually likes skiing, he just likes competition so let's see how that affects his long term motivation! But his technique and commitment is outstanding! If Salomon can build him a better set-up he will be a total destroyer in GS!
Great to have all these guys hammering so hard, hammering hard was what slowed Marcel's slalom down I thought and not equipment like a few internet "gurus" have said elsewhere. His body took a hammering it seems and maybe he's not as resilient as he wishes, constant physio care between run is not a healthy way to race. - Hopefully it's just an acute problem and not something chronic.
I just wonder how things will pan out in GS when the FIS change ski regs again in 15/16?