Full name: Arthur Edwin "Art" Cook
Nickname(s): Artie, Cookie
Born: March 19, 1928 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Affiliations: Maryland Terrapins, College Park, Maryland (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Art "Cookie" Cook began shooting at a 1939 Boy Scout camp and later took his shooting skills to the University of Maryland. At the 1948 Olympics he became the youngest American to ever win a gold medal in shooting by winning the English match, a record which lasted until 2008 when Vincent Hancock won gold in the skeet event. His gold was won only after a target check as he tied for first place with fellow American, Walter Tomsen, with 599 of a possible 600, which was a world record at the time. Cookie had also won the U.S. English match title in 1948 and he later won two golds (individual small-bore rifle prone and team small-bore rifle prone (with Martin Gunnarsson and the non-Olympians Presley Kendall and James Eberwine) in 1959) and one silver (individual 50 m rifle 3 positions in 1951) medal in Pan American Games competition.
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