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Biathlete research -- the science of marksmanship

The biathlon is one of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics. It's a curious discipline that alternates shooting skills with long stretches of heart-racing action on skis. Missing the target leads to penalty rounds or added time, so excellent marksmanship is a must.

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But as the body grows more fatigued in the course of the event, trembling sets in. Can research help improve a biathlete's performance? We went to look at a high-tech facility at the University of Leipzig.