Doreen Wilber

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Doreen Wilber
Medal record
Women's archery
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich Individual

Doreen Viola Hansen Wilber (January 8, 1930 – October 19, 2008) was an American archer from Rutland, Iowa.


At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Wilber won the gold medal in the women's section of the first modern Olympic archery competition, aged 42. Along with John Williams, Wilber led the U.S. to a sweep of archery gold medals in 1972.

In the first of two FITA rounds (in which an archer shoots 36 arrows at each of 4 distances), Wilber shot for 1198 points out of a possible 1440. This put her in fourth place at the end of the first half of competition. Her second round score of 1226 was the best score of any archer in either round and was enough to put her well above the competition as well as set a new world record.

In the 1969 Outdoor World Championships, Wilber placed 2nd. She was also a member of the 4th place U.S. team. She placed 2nd in the 1971 Outdoor World Championships and was a member of the 3rd place United States team.

She died of Alzheimer's disease in Jefferson, Iowa on October 19, 2008.[1] A bronze statue was erected in Jefferson in 2011 in memory of Wilber.[2]


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Doreen Wilber". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  1. ^ "Olympic gold medalist Wilber dies; services set". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2008-10-21.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Police take aim at kids who damaged statue of archer | The Jefferson Herald". Retrieved 10 January 2023.