Upstate native, Lowell Bailey, is the first world biathlon champion that is heading to the PyeongChang Olympics. He is a 35-year-old who almost retired a year ago to become a cattle farmer that was until Lowell became the first competitor to medal in the Biathlon.

Lowell Bailey originally moved from Old Forge to Lake Placid to compete in Men's Biathalon. As is the case with most Olympic athletes they survive by working several jobs to put food on the table and pay the bills. Lowell was building a world-class Biathlon center in Bozeman, Montana.

Lowell's plan was pretty simple, start a cattle ranch and Bison as well.and follow in the family business.

This Olympics will be the fourth Olympics that Lowell has been lucky to be with Team USA and for a short time, it looked like it might be his last.as the cattle were calling, the Biathlon called louder.

Another American, Susan Dunklee is ready to join Bailey in qualifying for the Olympics

[Watertown Daily Times]