That was my point with the adjunct with Diggins - your argument regarding where people like Egan were in their field when they were XC skiers compared to where she is now is even less comparable than Diggins then to Diggins now. You wouldn't argue that her being 27th or what have you then and 5th now means that the XC field is worse than it was. So why argue that Egan being an uncompetitive XC skier means that biathletes are poor skiers because she is competitive now, when for 3/4 years on the biathlon World Cup she was just as uncompetitive as a biathlon skier, and only this year she's been any good?BullsFan22 said:The Slovenian women that did so well in World Juniors and Youth Olympics (roughly around 2010-2015) the likes of Einfalt (who you mention), Razinger, Eržen, Lampić have either retired or completely fallen off the radar. The only one still being a factor is Lampić. Eržen and Einfalt switched to biathlon in their early 20's. Eržen retired after last year. She had no success whatsoever in biathlon. Einfalt is hardly better. She made the switch after last season and hasn't had success. Razinger had top 30's, even top 20's in the sprints on the xc world cup, but she hasn't raced since last season. FIS site says she's still active, but I think she's probably retired. Razinger never made the switch. The other two simply couldn't improve their shooting.
Jessie diggins of 2013 cannot really be compared to the Jessie Diggins of today. For one, she's 27 now (turns 28 in August). She was 21 during the 2012-2013 season, so it's understandable she wasn't skiing as well (certainly as consistently as she is now). Herrmann's best season on the WC was in 2013/2014. Her next best was 2012/2013. She switched to biathlon after the 2015/2016 season after having little to speak about that season. She skied a couple WC's in 2017, sprints in Toblach.
It would be interesting if they had one WC where the top 10-15 biathletes showed up at a 10km individual race during the middle of the season, when there are no major championships. That would be a good barometer.