Is she not world class in biathlon? I mean, she's in the top 10 of the World Rankings and has won 3 races. Biathlon is much bigger than XC skiing in Germany, which lest we forget, is where she's from (unless you're a total Bavarian nationalist nut of course). It is true that there is more money to be made in winnings on the XC world circuit... but there might be more endorsements, appearance fees etc to gain from biathlon.
And plus, we've already learnt in the past: she chose to go back to biathlon rather than stay in the cross country team for 2010-11 because she likes biathlon more.
You yourself said she's more of a Lars Berger, and always will be... but there's a hell of a lot of cross-country skiers who'd love to have his cross-country palmarès.
Plus, you defend XC skiing as a 'real' sport as opposed to biathlon, but this comes on the back of several pages of your complaining (with my support it must be added) that XC skiing is killing itself by moving away from real skiing events and in favour of short, crappy sprint events and long, crappy mass start events where the sprint is the important thing. In addition to that, biathlon seems to be slightly marginalising the Individual, which is the least suited format for Gössner, in favour of events that do not penalise inaccuracy as much, which is ideal for Miri.
78 women started today (with one DNS). 114 women started the sprint in Nové Město two weeks ago (with one DNS). The number of realistic potential winners was far higher too. Is XC skiing really that much bigger than biathlon?
I like the idea of her being a cross-sport athlete. Biathlon keeps her happy, Cross-country keeps the specialists honest. It's good to see a measure of where the top biathletes are at, skiing-wise, as well. It does put a bit more pressure on Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle to perform in Oslo though, since it's her third chance at the World Cup level as a biathlete, and she's really struggled for ski speed at the other events.