"Male, but not female, biathletes who had achieved a higher career peak were rated as more physically attractive by the opposite sex."
Our new paper 'Attractiveness is positively related to World Cup performance in male, but not female, biathletes' has been published in . ⛷️ #sexualselection #sportsdata #humanbehaviour
Previous studies into facial attractiveness and athletic performance have only considered male athletes in team performances. The latest study from examines this relationship for both sportsmen and women in the multidisciplinary biathlon.
How has evolutionary history shaped the way we respond to other people’s appearances? A new study from examines the relationship between facial attractiveness and individual career-best performance metrics in the biathlon.
Male biathletes with a higher career-best score were judged as physically more attractive by the opposite sex, but there was no such relationship for female biathletes.