At last, a medal!
Ryan, BTW, I see that many have explained it already but,
the World Cup (or White Circus, as it's also known
has nothing to do with becoming World Champion.
The tour simply crowns the best overall skier, the one who has
been able to program himself (i.e. his body and mind)to obtain
the best results thruoughtout a whole season and, if possible, across as many disciplines as possible (DH, Super G, GS, SL and Combine). In other words, He who has gathered the most points.
To complicate things a bit there are the so called Speciality cups (or in Italian Coppette
= Little Cups ), which are awarded to the skier whom has been able to gather the most points in every single speciality.
The World championships, OTOH, do crown the best skier for a single event in a single race (i.e. He who has been to
tweak his training in such a way to reach the peak exactly during that period of time) and be the fastes onthat day
. This does not mean that one racer cannot win in more than one discipline and be at the same time
World Champion in GS and, say, Super G.
And this is why, from time to time, whe have a World Champion who has not (yet) scored points or become famous in the White Circus, take Frank Woerndl (sp?) (German Slalom World Champion in the '80), well, he won a gold medal (I don't even remmeber when and where) but failed to obtain enough consinstency to win a World cup.
Same applies for the Olympia games.