During the 2008-09 season, Ms. Neuner's struggles on the shooting range became a soap opera in Germany, where she's a major celebrity. Some have asked why she doesn't just bag biathlon and focus on skiing exclusively. But biathlon is the third most popular sport in Germany, after soccer and Formula One racing, with televised competitions every weekend throughout the winter. Biathletes take in more than $1 million a year in prize money and sponsorships. Cross-country skiers make substantially less and receive far less exposure and notoriety. Olympics See complete coverage of the Games A six-time world champion

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