Archery was an event in five of the earliest Olympics and, as it had been an acceptable leisure sport for upper class women for a long time, they were allowed to participate. America’s first female gold medalist in archery was Lida Scott Howell. Howell was born in 1859 and by 1881 she won the Ohio State archery championship. She repeated her victory in 1882 and then the following year won the national title. Her dedication to the sport continued and by 1907, she had won seventeen national titles. She competed in archery at the St Louis Olympic games in 1904, winning two gold medals. Her score for the national round archery was 620 and for columbia round archery, 867. After the 1920 Olympics, archery was discontinued until 1972 due to a lack of standardized international rules.

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