Having grown up surrounded by Olympic history, Lowell Bailey is hoping to make history in his third Olympic appearance, where he will be among the American biathletes attempting to win the country’s first Olympic medal in the sport. The accomplished musician had his best Olympic performance in Torino in 2006, when he finished ninth in the relay.
- 2013: World Championships – 8th (mixed relay), 12th (relay), 13th (mass start, pursuit), 29th (individual), 32nd (sprint)
- 2012: World Championships – 10th (relay), 12th (mixed relay), 20th (sprint, pursuit), 25th (mass start), 38th (individual)
- 2011: World Championships – 6th (relay), 32nd (sprint), 45th (pursuit), 78th (individual)
- 2010: Olympics – 13th (relay), 36th (pursuit, sprint), 57th (individual)
- 2009: World Championships – 18th (mass start), 21st (relay), 22nd (pursuit, individual), 55th (sprint)
- 2008: World Championships – 15th (relay), 56th (individual), 61st (sprint)
- 2007: World Championships – 9th (relay), 27th (individual), 46th (sprint), 48th (pursuit)
- 2006: Olympics – 9th (relay), 27th (individual), 46th (sprint), 48th (pursuit)
- 2003: World Championships – 17th (relay), 45th (individual), 50th (pursuit), 59th (sprint)
Things to know:
1. Burke, a three-time Olympian, was introduced to biathlon when his parents moved from North Carolina to Lake Placid when he was 11. He and Olympic teammate Tim Burke began training together shortly thereafter.
2. While studying at Lake Placid High School, Bailey could day-dream about competing at the Olympics with a turn of the head. From his science classroom he could turn one way and see the 1980 Olympic ice hockey rink and turn another way and see the 1980 Olympic speed skating oval.
3. Besides being a biathlete in his prime, Bailey is also an accomplished musician. His forte lies in the mandolin, guitar and banjo. He once created the theme song for the U.S. biathlon team, "Fire Them Down," complete with sound effects from the shooting range. The anthem still gets played over the loudspeakers at events. Bailey has 12-13 stringed instruments in his collection, including three mandolins, a dobro, a lap steel and multiple electric and acoustic guitars. He plays in two bands.