Olympic Individual Silver and Team Bronze Medalist
2004 Athens Olympic Team
Beijing Olympic Team
7 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
1995, 1999, 2003, 2007
2-time Individual Jr. World Champion
44-time United States National Champion
|Photo: Giovanni Laudicina
Hi, my name
is Victor Wunderle. My friends call me Vic. I was raised in Mason City, Illinois where
I have spent the majority of my life. This is the area in which most of my family resides.
I began shooting archery at the age
of five. Both my father and grandfather shot archery for hunting and recreation. As
for me, I guess there is just something with little boys and anything that shoots, whether it is a slingshot, BB gun, or bow
and arrow. My first bow was made from a limb off of the willow tree in my back yard. My
father gave me an arrow he had taped a piece of cloth around the end of so I couldn’t hurt anyone. I
would run around the yard all day shooting at trees with my newly acquired toy.
A couple of years later my father brought me to an archery tournament
with him. Unbeknown to me, I won the under 12 age category. I was too young to read
the score board and my father would not tell me that I had won because he was afraid I would be too excited the remainder
of the day. At the end of the tournament, the awards were given out. All of the kids
got participation medals except for me. I felt a little sad because I was left out. Then
the awards were given for third place, second place, and finally when it was time for first, my name was called.
I had won my very first tournament! From there I went on to many other local, state sectional, national,
and finally world titles.
from Illini Central high school in 1994, I began college at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M,
I competed on the pistol, rifle, archery, and fishing teams. I won and placed in tournaments from a local
level to national championships. On several occasions I took off from school and work to train full time
for the Olympics and the Olympic tryouts. I finally graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree
in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences in December, 2002. During my training and travels, I also took classes
at Bradley University, San Diego State University, Blinn College, and Collin County Community College.
I tried out for the US Olympic archery team 3 times before I made it. In 1992,
as a 16 year old boy, I finished 16th place in the tryouts. In 1996, I finished 6th
place in the Olympic trials. I lost to the best in the world though as our team went on to win the Olympic
Gold Medal that year. In the 2000 Olympic trials, I finished an exciting first place by almost a 100-point
margin. I spent the year training at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego and at my parents’
home in Illinois. I then got to travel to Sydney, Australia and represent the US in the world’s greatest
sporting event where I was fortunate enough to bring home an Olympic Individual Silver Medal and a Team Bronze Medal.
Four years later, I again finished
first in the US Olympic trials and went to Athens, Greece to represent the United States. In the individual competition,
I was defeated by the eventual Olympic Gold Medalist by a mere point in my quarter-final match, landing me in 8th place.
In the team competition, I shot well but the team came up one point short of winning our semi-final match that would have
assured us either a gold or silver medal. The bronze medal then escaped our grasp by two points landing the team in
the 4th place position, just out of the medals.
I ended the Beijing, China Olympics with a 6th place individual finish and a 9th place team finish.
Although I was unable to bring home a medal I certainly had some exciting moments including upsetting the reigning world champion
and number one ranked archer in the world. I became the only archer to make the final 8 in the 2000, 2004, and
Although I advanced all the way to the Olympic trials top 8 finals,
I came up short of making the 2012 Olympic team. I did, however, help win the Team Indoor World Championship that same
year. Recently I passed the first stage of the 2016 Olympic Trials making the top 16 cut that advances
to the second stage of the Olympic Trials to be held in spring of 2016.
Keep your eyes open
and continue checking my website for many exciting adventures to come!