I'll take the bait.
First off, Mike Rogan grew his hair back this year, and yes, he has a full head of hair.
Second, I personally think Mike is a better skier than Shawn, but not by much (probably just because Mike is younger and more athletic), and I have skied with both many times.
Third, Bud - Congrats on making your division team!
And for making 2/3 of the National cuts. Highly impressive! Next time the nerves won't be there, so I suspect you'll fair a bit better.
Are WC or D-teamers better skiers? Probably neither. Just different. WC'ers are closer to one-trick-ponies (or 1 to 4 event ponies). Although some can rip other conditions, I think D-teamers are more versitile, but (obvioulsy) not as fast in a race course. However, I believe some have come from serious racing backgrounds.
Back to boots: Just like some people are born with natural ability or natural physical gifts, some are born with straight legs and "standard" feet. I fit into a Lange WC130 low fit by simply putting my footbeds in them, and getting a grind where I have a bunion. Other than that, I have been told by top-end boot fitters that I simply don't need any other adjustments for normal skiing. If I were going to race, I might cant them in or angle the cuff more, but for recreational skiing, I'm naturally aligned "out of the box". When my boots are new and the liners are fat, I can ski groomers without even buckling the boots (although I usually do buckle them or else my toes get slammed).