Ya, understandable that most of the country ain't suitable but France have the same issue and have loads coming through in biathlon, and whilst they're missing any top distance guys in cross country, Chanavat is a top sprinter.There is definetely a lack of talent. While Germany has 82 million you must Not forget that there are very few regions where XC skiing is actually possible. The talent pool has really been slim but it has really dried over the last years. Still i think wrong training is a factor, too. Far too little high intensity workouts.
France are bringing through talent and I assume capitilising on the success and media attention that id imagine Poiree and then Fourcade brought, but for Germany they've had a lot of success in the time I've been watching biathlon but don't seem to have guys coming through now. I think back to the likes of Gross, Greis, Fischer, Luck and the ones on the women side I earlier mentioned and Germany have continually been a top nation since 2000 but seems to be drying up a lot now.