And Evan could finish third at US Natls and still make the podium in Vancouver.
But to American fans and the public our own National title is more important than GP or 4CC. You don't get it because you are not from the USA.
I am not saying this is right or that it makes sense from a strategic pov.
It is just our tradition and the way it is. Nationals are only topped by Worlds and Olympics. The GP and 4CC don't come close in the minds of casual fans or the people here who typically watch every four years. They don't even know what 4CC is and have limited interest in the GP's.