Looking at Trends in Shooting Percentages

Real Biathlon has posted an interesting analysis of the shooting percentages of the top 40 men and women from each season over the past 12 years.

According to the analysis, shooting percentages for men and women have increased by between 2-3% in the past 12 years. This season, the median shooting percentage for both men and women was just over 85%.

I wonder what impact weather has on these statistics, and how much of the changes are explained by differing conditions. Bad weather can have a huge impact on shooting percentages, and if there is a poor weather competition, event or even year it might have a big impact on an analysis like this one. However the trends for the men and women move in the same way, which to me seems to indicate that the best biathletes are becoming better shooters.

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