Name: Lowell Bailey
Sport: Biathlon
Discipline(s): Biathlon
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
DOB: 7/15/1981
Birthplace: Siler City, N.C.
Hometown: Lake Placid, N.Y.
College: University of Vermont '05
Olympic Experience
  • 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games - 33rd in sprint / 32nd in pursuit / 51st in individual / 15th in mixed relay / 6th in relay
  • 2014 Sochi Winter Games - 8th in individual / 23rd in mass start / 35th in sprint / 38th in pursuit / 8th in mixed relay / 16th in relay
  • 2010 Vancouver Winter Games - 36th in sprint and pursuit / 57th in individual / 13th in relay
  • 2006 Torino Winter Games - 27th in individual / 46th in sprint / 48th in pursuit / 9th in relay
World Championship Experience
  • 2017 (Hochfilzen, AUT) - world champion in individual / 4th in sprint / 6th in pursuit and mass start / 7th in relay / 16th in mixed relay
  • 2016 (Oslo Holmenkollen, NOR) - 10th in mass start / 15th in individual / 29th in sprint / 36th in pursuit / 8th in relay / 10th in mixed relay
  • 2015 (Kontiolahti, FIN) - 13th in mass start / 17th in sprint / 24th in individual / 36th in pursuit / 8th in mixed relay / 14th in relay
  • 2013 (Nove Mesto, CZE) - 13th in pursuit and mass start / 29th in individual / 32nd in sprint / 8th in mixed relay / 12th in relay
  • 2012 (Ruhpolding, GER) - 20th in sprint and pursuit / 25th in mass start / 38th in individual / 10th in relay / 12th in mixed relay
  • 2011 (Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS) - 32nd in sprint / 45th in pursuit / 78th in individual / 6th in relay
  • 2009 (PyeongChang, KOR) - 18th in mass start / 22nd in individual and pursuit / 55th in sprint / 21st in relay
  • 2008 (Oestersund, SWE) - 56th in individual / 61st in sprint / 15th in relay
  • 2007 (Antholz-Anterselva, ITA) - 41st in individual / 48th in sprint / 50th in pursuit / 9th in relay / DNS in mass start
  • 2006 (Pokljuka, SLO) - 18th in relay
  • 2003 (Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS) - 45th in individual / 50th in pursuit / 59th in sprint / 17th in relay
  • 2001 Jr. World Championships (Khanty-Mansiysk, RUS) - 11th in pursuit / 15th in sprint / 27th in individual / 12th in relay
  • 2000 Jr. World Championships (Hochfilzen, AUT) - 22nd in individual and pursuit / 32nd in sprint / 6th in relay
  • 1999 Jr. World Championships (Pokljuka, SLO) - 18th in individual / 40th in sprint / 46th in pursuit / 11th in relay
Other Career Highlights
  • 2018 US Biathlon National Championships (Park City, Utah) - 1st in sprint / 1st in pursuit / tied for 1st in mass start
  • 2018 Open European Championships (Ridnaun-Val Ridanna, ITA) - 3rd in single mixed relay w/ Susan Dunklee
Personal: Loves to play music, specifically the guitar and mandolin

More on Lowell:

At the 2017 IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, Bailey became the first American in history to win a biathlon world championship, taking the gold medal in the men's 20-kilometer individual. He was also the first athlete to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.  Lowell’s wife Erika and Ophelia joined him for much of the World Cup this season and were cheering for him on the course as he skied to gold.

Before starting a family, Bailey's two passions in life are biathlon and music. He has a travel guitar that he brings on the road with him during biathlon competitions and training camps.   He even played at his team manager's wedding.  He also plays mandolin and was in two local bluegrass bands in the Lake Placid area, Swimming With Champy and Big Slyde (  He writes and performs his own songs as a singer-songwriter solo act as well. 

Bailey has competed in three Olympic Winter Games, three Junior World Championships, and 11 World Championships.  In 2003, Lowell raced in his first Senior World Championships.  That year, Bailey competed for the US Biathlon Team as well as the UVM Catamount NCAA Nordic Ski Team.  In 2004, after more than ten years in biathlon, Bailey realized he could not maintain an elite level in both biathlon and Nordic racing.  Forfeiting his US Biathlon National Team spot, he skied for the Catamounts for another two years while finishing his undergraduate degree. While attending UVM, he placed 2nd in two successive NCAA Championships ('03,'04) and was a three-time NCAA Academic All-American.  

He returned to biathlon in 2005, training in Fort Kent, Maine with the Maine Winter Sports Center. From there he qualified for his first Olympic team in 2006.  Bailey went on to compete in every World Cup competition season following the Torino Games until present, including the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.  He had a breakout season as a 30-year-old during the winter of 2011-12 in which he had two World Cup top-five performances and finished with a world ranking of 14th on the season.

Bailey earned the best Olympic finish ever by an American when he finished 8th at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, missing a medal due to one missed shot.  Several weeks later he earned his first World Cup podium with a 3rd place finish that was later up-graded to second place after an anti-doping rule violation disqualified the second place finisher. 

Lowell Bailey is highly respected by his peers from around the world who appreciate his musical talents and his leadership on athlete issues. At the 2014 Olympic Games Bailey was elected to the International Biathlon Union’s Athletes Committee. In 2016, his peers elected him to the US Biathlon Board of Directors.  Bailey considered retiring after the 2016 season but a chance to lead the creation of a new biathlon venue and program as executive director at the Crosscut Mountain Sport Center in Bozeman, Montana allowed him to continue in the sport, setting up his historic gold medal performance at the 2017 Biathlon World Championships.

Did you know...?

  • I could not live without… Music
  • My favorite place in the world is… Coastal Maine
  • My dream vacation spot is… Jost Van Dyke
  • When traveling, the thing I miss the most is… friends and family
  • My favorite meal is… L & S Burger
  • My favorite television show is… Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • I never leave my house without… coffee
  • My favorite quote is… "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are"
  • If I were not an athlete, I would be… A Musician


Biathlon Since:  
Member of National Team since:  2001   
Skis:  Rossignol 
Boots:  Rossignol 
Poles:  One Way 
Coaches:  Per Nilsson, Jonas Johansson


2017/18  -35 
2016/17  -8
2015/16  -17
2014/15  -30
2013/14  -17
2012/13  -28
2011/12  -14
2010/11  -41
2009/10  -90
2008/09  -51
2007/08  -64
2006/07  -72
2005/06  -82



1 IN 2016/17 WCH - Hochfilzen (AUT)
2 SP 2016/17 WC - PyeongChang (KOR)
2 SP 2013/14 WC - Kontiolahti (FIN)
4 SP 2016/17 WCH - Hochfilzen (AUT)
5 SP 2011/12 WC - Kontiolahti (FIN)
5 SP 2011/12 WC - Oestersund (SWE)
6 MS 2016/17 WCH - Hochfilzen (AUT)
6 PU 2016/17 WCH - Hochfilzen (AUT)
7 SP 2012/13 WC - Antholz-Anterselva (ITA)
8 IN 2013/14 OWG - Sochi (RUS)
8 SP 2011/12 WC - Oslo Holmenkollen (NOR)