|HOMETOWN||Lake Placid, NY|
|TEAM||U.S. National Biathlon Team|
|ABOUT||North Carolina is not known for producing many Nordic-sport athletes and Bailey only spent a few years of childhood there before his family moved to Old Forge, NY. It was in this rural upstate New York town where he first put on a pair of skis. During Bailey’s middle and high school years, he divided his time between skiing, soccer, and tennis. Except for a brief experiment with Nordic Combined, Bailey stuck to cross-country skiing in the winter and eventually took on the sport full-time by his junior year of high school.
At that point Bailey had competed at regional and national junior events and the U.S. Biathlon Team invited him to a recruitment training camp in Lake Placid. There he spent three summer weeks getting to know the sport of biathlon and the people involved. In 1999, during his senior year of high school, Bailey qualified for the Junior Biathlon World Championship Team.
Since then he has spent the better part of a decade competing internationally and training in a variety of different locations. Bailey was a member of three Junior Biathlon World Championship Teams, two World University Games Teams, two Senior Biathlon World Championship Teams, three NCAA ski cha