Coming off the most successful season of his career, Lowell Bailey made history during the 2016-17 season when he became the first American biathlete – male or female – to win a gold medal at a world championships. He shot a perfect 20 for 20 in shooting, aiding him to his first championship win in the men's 20-kilometer individual race and qualifying him as the first U.S. athlete for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Prior to last season, Bailey had never finished higher than third place at a world cup event or 10th at a world championships. At the Sochi Olympics in 2014, he placed eighth in the men's 20K event, marking his top finish in three Olympic Games. In what will be his fourth straight Olympic appearance, the 35-year-old has high hopes to win the first biathlon medal for Team USA in February after finishing a career-best eighth place in the overall world cup rankings – a historic best for a U.S. biathlete.