Vera Koo: Bianchi Cup Competition Gear

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, March 28, 2016 The Bianchi Cup, a shooting competition which occurs near Columbia, Mo., each May, is not only a contest of skill, but also is an equipment race. Every competitor tries to have the latest technology – competition gear – especially in the Open Class in which I compete. In this Open Class, competitors are allowed to have any number of accessories on their gun. However, even this class has rules about its equipment, so if you compete in this class, you will need to check that your competition gear does not violate any ...

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  • March 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, February 22, 2016 I have been told that I am the type of person who will take a bite of something and hold onto it and not let go until I have it mastered. I gravitate toward activities and tasks that take a long time to master. I have the stamina and the work ethic to stay committed to that discipline for however long it takes to reach my goals. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • February 25, 2016

Vera Koo Gives ‘Tips and Tactics’ at NRA News

By Women's Outdoor News, December 16, 2015 If you like reading Vera Koo’s column here at Women’s Outdoor News, you’re going to love seeing her in a series of videos at NRA News, titled “Tips and Tactics.” Hosted by Gabby Franco, sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the lineup includes some of the country’s most prominent competition shooters and instructors. Go To Full Article

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  • December 30, 2015

Vera Koo: Is the End of a Shooting Career in Her Sights?

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, December 16, 2015 Vera Koo describes why she is looking at the end of her shooting career, and reflects on her decision. Some of my shooting friends like to remind me that I have been two years away from retirement for the last 20 years. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • December 20, 2015

Vera Koo: Why You Must Train in Inclement Weather for Shooting Competitions

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, October 20, 2015 Champion competition shooter Vera Koo continues her series on practical and common sense advice for competition shooters and training regimens. In this installment, she lays out why you must train in inclement weather. When Doug Koenig offers advice, you listen. I will never forget the advice Doug offered me about 15 years ago, when I was still fairly new to competitive shooting. I had asked Doug what he thought the most important element was to performing well at the Bianchi Cup. His answer consisted of one word: ...

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  • October 25, 2015

Why You Should Compete at State and Regional Shooting Tournaments

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, September 30, 2015 Competing at the Bianchi Cup is not for the meek and faint hearted. The national event can be very intimidating because of the high number of participants, plus the spectators. The energy is high-powered. Thriving at Bianchi Cup requires consistent practice. It requires proper preparation. It also requires calm nerves. To hone your skills in those areas, I recommend that shooters compete in state and regional tournaments throughout the year, so they will feel at ease when they compete on the big stage at the Bianchi ...

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  • October 4, 2015

Vera Koo: 2014 Bianchi Cup wrap up

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, May 30, 2014 Preparing for any major competition, athletic or otherwise, is like going to battle. You practice, drill and train for months. You ensure that your equipment is flawless, you create contingency plans for all potential aberrations and your logistics are exact. You eat, breathe, sleep and dream your goal. Then, you rise the next morning and work even harder. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • June 4, 2014

Eight-time Cup champ Koo hits goal of getting back in shooting form after breaking leg

By Blake Toppmeyer, Columbia Daily Tribune, May 24, 2014 "Eight-time Bianchi Cup women’s champion Vera Koo prepares to shoot in the Moving Target stage of the Bianchi Cup Friday at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville. After suffering a severe leg injury at Green Valley ahead of last year’s Bianchi Cup, Koo was back in action for this year’s competition, placing seventh in the women’s division." Go To Full Article

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  • May 27, 2014

One foot in front of the other to return to the Bianchi Cup

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, March 24, 2014 Each March marks an inaugural athletic event. No, I’m not referring to baseball’s spring training, or basketball’s March Madness. On my calendar, March 1 marks the first day of my personal spring preparation; 2 months of competitive shooting and training culminate with the Bianchi Cup in mid-May. The Bianchi Cup, the NRA’s National Championship, brings together top professional, amateur and military shooters for the most difficult week of shooting many of us will face during the year. The challenge of the physical ...

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  • March 25, 2014

What does renowned shooter Vera Koo bring along to the range?

NRA Blog.com, July 2013 "Vera Koo has been shooting competitively for almost 20 years in IPSC, Steel Challenge, Colorado Man-on-Man Shoot-Offs, Master’s 3-Guns, Bullseye and Action Pistol. Sponsored by Aimpoint, Vihtavuori, Lapua, Caspian and Briley, she has specialized in Action Pistol for the past 10 years, claiming the Bianchi women’s title eight times. Her cool demeanor, combined with her West Coast/ Bay Area charm and Zen-like personality, make her an icon in the shooting world." Download Full Article

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  • July 30, 2013