Lowell Bailey

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Lowell Bailey biathlon
2016 Biathlon World Championships 2016-03-13 (25993107614) .jpg
Association United StatesUnited States United States
birthday 15th July 1981 (age 39)
place of birth Siler City , United States
Admission to the
national team
Debut in the World Cup 2002
World Cup victories 1
status resigned
End of career 2018
Medal table
IBU Biathlon world championships
gold 2017 Hochfilzen singles
IBU European biathlon championships
bronze 2018 Ridnaun Single mixed relay
Logo of the US ski team US roller ski championships
gold 2009 Jericho sprint
silver 2009 Jericho persecution
World Cup balance
Overall World Cup 8. ( 2016/17 )
Individual World Cup 3. (2016/17)
Sprint World Cup 9. (2016/17)
Pursuit World Cup 11. (2016/17)
Mass start world cup 16. (2016/17)
 Podium placements 1. 2. 3.
singles 1 0 0
sprint 0 2 0
Season 0 1 0
last change: March 21, 2017

Lowell Bailey (born July 15, 1981 in Siler City , North Carolina ) is a retired American biathlete . He is the first American world champion in biathlon.


Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid has been a member of the US national team since 2001 and was trained by Per Nilsson and Armin Auchentaller, among others. His first major international appearance had Bailey at the Junior World Championships in 1999 in Pokljuka , where he did not achieve any top placements. Things went better a year later at the European Championships in Zakopane , where he was able to achieve a tenth place in the sprint as the best result. At the European Championships, in Haute-Maurienne the following year , he won bronze in the sprint and in the pursuit. In 2002 he made his debut in the biathlon world cup . In an individual in Antholz , he was 65th, but then initially started in the European Cup. In Khanty-Mansiysk he took part in the biathlon world championships for the first time in 2003, albeit without major success.

Since the 2005/06 season , Bailey has regularly competed in the World Cup. In Östersund he was 29th to score points for the first time. He was able to improve this placement at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin as 27th in the individual. With the season he was able to achieve a respectable success in ninth place. In the post-Olympic season, Bailey achieved his best result to date in a single race. In Hochfilzen he was 18th in the sprint. At the 2007 World Championships in Antholz, he could not achieve good individual results again, but he was ninth with the relay. In 2009 he was North American summer biathlon champion over the 10 km. Lowell Bailey took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics. His best result was 36th place in the sprint and in the pursuit. With the relay he finished 13th. In the 2011/12 season , Bailey came fifth in sprint races in Östersund and Kontiolahti, thus achieving his best results to date in the World Cup.

Although Lowell Bailey wanted to resign after the 2015-16 season , he continued his career after being persuaded by his wife Erika to do so. At the 2017 World Championships in Hochfilzen , he missed his first medal at the Biathlon World Championships by finishing fourth in the sprint by just over six seconds . In the pursuit race he finished second on the last lap, but was then overtaken by medal winners Johannes Thingnes Bø and Ole Einar Bjørndalen and finished the race in 6th place. In the individual race, he was one of the last athletes to take to the track with starting number 100 and was one of only three athletes who finished the race without a shooting error. He won the race in front of the Czech Ondřej Moravec and the French Martin Fourcade . It was his first victory in the biathlon world cup , his first medal at world championships and also the first gold medal for a US biathlete. On March 12, he and Susan Dunklee reached second place in the single mixed relay at the World Cup in Kontiolahti , the first podium for a US relay team since March 1994 and only the second podium in a relay race for one American biathletes. Josh Thompson , Curt Schreiner , Darin Binning and Lyle Nelson achieved their only podium finish so far with a third place on January 31, 1988 at the World Cup in Ruhpolding .

After the relay race at Holmenkollen in Oslo on March 18, 2018, Bailey ended his active career. It was the last race of the 2017/18 season for the US team , as the association had decided to boycott the last World Cup in Tyumen, Russia .


Lowell Bailey was one of the few left-handed shooters in biathlon.


Biathlon World Cup placements

The table shows all placements (depending on the year, including the Olympic Games and World Championships).

  • 1st - 3rd Place: Number of podium placements
  • Top 10: Number of placements in the top ten (including podium)
  • Points ranks: Number of placements within the point ranks (including podium and top 10)
  • Starts: Number of races run in the respective discipline
  • Relay: including mixed relays
placement singles sprint persecution Mass start Season total
1st place 1 1
2nd place 2 1 3
3rd place  
Top 10 3 7th 6th 3 37 56
Scoring 19th 59 53 26th 64 221
Starts 39 108 71 26th 65 309
Status: end of season 2016/17

World championships

Results at biathlon world championships

World Championship singles sprint persecution Mass start Season Mixed relay
year place
2003 RussiaRussia Khanty-Mansiysk 43. 59. 50. - 17th
2006 SloveniaSlovenia Pokljuka (Mixed Relay World Cup) 18th
2007 ItalyItaly Antholz 41. 48. 50. - 9. DNS
2008 SwedenSweden Ostersund 56. 61. - - 15th -
2009 Korea SouthSouth Korea Pyeongchang 22nd 55. 22nd 18th 21st -
2011 RussiaRussia Khanty-Mansiysk 78. 32. 45. - 6th -
2012 GermanyGermany Ruhpolding 38. 20th 20th 25th 10. 12.
2013 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Nové Město 29 32. 13. 13. 14th 8th.
2015 FinlandFinland Kontiolahti 24. 17th 36. 13. 14th 8th.
2016 NorwayNorway Oslo 15th 29 36. 10. 8th. 10.
2017 AustriaAustria Hochfilzen 1. 4th 6th 6th 7th 16.

winter Olympics

Results at Olympic Winter Games:

Individual competitions Relay competitions
sprint persecution singles Mass start Men's relay Mixed relay
Olympic Winter Games 2006 winter Olympics | TurinItalyItaly 46. 48. 27. 9.
2010 Winter Olympics winter Olympics | VancouverCanadaCanada 36. 36. 57. 13.
Olympic Winter Games 2014 winter Olympics | SochiRussiaRussia 35. 38. 8th. 23. 16. 8th.
Olympic Winter Games 2018 winter Olympics | PyeongchangKorea SouthSouth Korea  33. 32. 51. - 6th 15th


The song for the US biathlon team "Fire them down" was written by Lowell Bailey and recorded with the rest of the team.

Web links

Commons : Lowell Bailey  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Lowell Bailey - The dream of bisons on sueddeutsche.de, accessed on February 17, 2017
  2. Fire them down on youtube.com, accessed February 22, 2017