1. He qualified for a second run, when slalom is his weakest event at this point, and he admittedly isn't in World Cup shape yet.
2. He's a guy with high autonomy needs/low tolerance for hierarchy bullsnort. After a couple of years when he actually had to manage an organization and meet payroll, I think it's great for him and for the USST that he can rejoin the team.
3. He's Bode Miller, folks. There's stuff he can do on skis that no one else on the planet can even approach. Other guys look at Svindal and Raich and think they could ski like that, if only they were technically better, crisper, and made fewer mistakes. The same guys look at Bode on the video and just say the saltier equivalent of "DANG..."
4. All that said, I'd love to see the USST evolve to a system, with a plethora of top and up-and-coming atheletes, not just a few extraordinary stars (Miller, Vonn, Ligety) who are one off extraordinary athletes. (Although, for the record, people at that level are all amazing, extraordinary athletes. Kind of comes with the territory, and you don't see me doing a standing backflip or skipping rope on a slackline...)