When I'm not involved in training, I unwind by hanging out with my family and taking care of my daughter, Ophelia. I also find time for some of my hobbies, including carpentry, music, and fly fishing.

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I was 15 years old when I began intense, year-round training. Biathlon is a tough, competitive sport. There are tons of elite international competitors, all pushing themselves to be the best they can be. I know that it takes complete commitment to succeed in such a competitive environment, so, in my mind, there is no choice—you just have to go out and do the training, regardless of how you feel about it.


My parents took me to my first lollipop races and have supported me throughout my career. Erika, my wife, has supported me through thick and thin. She is a strong, grounded person and I would not be able to do what I do without her. She works remotely, so we are able to travel together throughout the demanding winter season. I also find my biggest inspiration is the veteran athletes that are able to remain competitive by staying clever and innovative, even if they have passed their prime, physically-athletic years.


I chose biathlon in high school; I was an elite junior XC racer and was asked to attend a USBA Talent ID Camp. I made my first Junior World team in 1999 and traveled to Slovenia and elsewhere in Europe. This was such an amazing, eye-opening experience, and I knew that I wanted to continue pursuing this sport and lifestyle. I always believed I could become an Olympian, and I just set my mind to being the best that I could be.

lowell's story

Last winter, the United States crowned its first-ever World Champion in the sport of biathlon. When 35-year-old Lowell Bailey took home the gold medal in the 20km individual event, he became the first American biathlete ever to win gold at the World Championships and he was also the first athlete in any sport to qualify for the 2018 US Olympic team.

Lowell will compete in his fourth—and maybe his last—Olympics in PyeongChang with his family by his side. His wife Erika, who he credits with keeping him grounded, and his one-year-old daughter Ophelia are able to travel with him as he competes internationally on the World Cup Tour.

While traveling on the World Cup circuit, Lowell is able to balance his sports life with music. Lowell began playing music when he was eight years old, and when he's not competing or training he can be heard playing his guitar, which he takes everywhere he goes, with several area bands. He also enjoys carpentry and fly-fishing.

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