Ding Ding Ding...and we have a winner!On his very first post at EpicSki, mel> sticks the answer!
For those of you who might remember, he skied DH in a helmet which had a large fried egg on it! (Sunny side up, of course!)
Peter Leuscher did not win a single race that season, but did win the Men's Overall WC title. By placing consistently in the top 5, he just kept racking up the points in all four events, SL, GS, DH and Combined (this was pre-SG).
I can't say whether PL would have gladly given up the Overall title, in exchange for a few victories, but I bet he would certainly have enjoyed standing on the top step a few times...
So now, looking at Bode, is winning every race so critical to winning the overall title? It certainly helps to win a few, but being consistent counts for an awful lot too!
What ever Bode manages to achieve this season is up to him. He takes the risks, and he should garner the rewards. Sure, he needs his coaches, ski techs, and other support personnel. But when it comes down to it, he stands in the start gate alone. If he is successful, everybody basks in the glow. But if he is not, he stands alone. I don't see his coaches, tuners, et al, standing with him, sharing his disappointment!
If he wins 14 races this season, but fails to win the Overall, will it mean he had a failure of a season? In Europe, to win a single race in a career makes you a "made man/woman", and your reputation is assured! Here in the US (where ironically we tend to cheer on the independent underdog), it will be just another chance for the media to say how much of an under achiever Bode is.
So let him do it his way. Only time will tell if his decisions are right or wrong, and only he will have to live with those results.
I say- "Git 'er done, Bode!".
And screw the media, the naysayers, and the USST heirarchy!