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Iowa's first woman Olympic gold medalist dies

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DES MOINES - The first woman from Iowa to win an Olympic gold medal has died.

Archery champion Doreen Wilber of Jefferson died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at age 78.

Wilber won her medal in the 1972 games in Munich. When she returned to Iowa late at night, she was met by huge crowds at the Des Moines airport and at the courthouse square in Jefferson.

Wilber won her medal at a time when most Olympic athletes weren't able to cash in on their success with endorsements. That was fine for Wilber, who returned to a quiet life in Jefferson and worked as a bookkeeper for her husband's auto garage and other local businesses.

Services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson.



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