Cook took up archery in 1959 following an illness, and the subsequent doctor's recommendation of fresh air. Within three months she won the Minnesota state championship, and was then selected to represent the United States at the 1961 World Archery Championships, where she was part of the gold-medal winning women's team. She continued to shoot, despite recurring illness and surgery, and reached her greatest achievement in defeating fellow American and world champion Nancy Vonderheide to win the 1963 World Championships, which she had paid her own way to attend. She added the US national championship in 1964, and represented the US at world championships until 1971.
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