Spartan World Championship at Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe, California

Squaw Valley Ski Resort holds a special place in the hearts of my daughters, Christina and Shane. They spent winter days skiing there growing up, and it remains a popular gathering spot for my family. This fall, though, they got together at Squaw Valley for a different reason. Christina and Shane joined Shane’s boyfriend and his brother-in-law on a four-person team that competed in a Spartan Beast race at the Spartan World Championship at Squaw Valley, near Lake Tahoe in California. The Spartan Beast is a type of obstacle-course race. This particular race officia...

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  • January 3, 2018

Salmon Fishing in British Columbia

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, November 25, 2017 This guest post comes from Carlos Koo, who is married to the lovely Vera Koo, a formidable competition shooter. When Vera is off competing, Carlos can often be found on an adventure trip. For this trip, he went salmon fishing with his daughter, Christina. We love the story of this father/daughter getaway! ~The editors Go To Full Article

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  • November 25, 2017

Shark Adventure: A Dive Into a Shark Arena

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, September, 2017 This shark adventure is a guest column written by Vera Koo’s husband, Carlos … Vera and I have different avenues toward pursuing our hobbies. Vera is drawn to activities that she can try to conquer. She’s in it for the challenge. I pursue hobbies that I think are fun. One question I hear often is, “Carlos, what do you do when Vera is off practicing her shooting or competing in matches?” I’m not at a loss for things to do. Vera spending time shooting gives me a chance to pursue the activities I ...

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  • September 30, 2017

Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Vera Koo: An Opportunity Not Missed

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, August, 2017 I always advise people to never pass up an opportunity that excites them, even if the timing seems inopportune. Opportunities are fleeting. You never know when another window will open if you miss the first. When the opportunity to go to New York City on a Broadway theater tour presented itself earlier this summer, I knew I must practice what I preached. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • August 5, 2017

Peace, Harmony and Forgiveness: ‘Shing Ping’ Matters

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, June, 2017 When I compete in sport shooting, I try to achieve complete peace in my mind. I work hard to remain focused and keep stray thoughts from creeping in. Some shooters like to socialize at the range, but that is not for me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy other shooters’ company – I have made several friends in this sport – but I have found that if I socialize, it can become a distraction. Something I talked about before it’s my time to shoot might return to my thoughts and cloud my mind during competition. There is a ...

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  • June 7, 2017

Vera Koo: My Faith In God

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, May, 2017 This is Vera Koo’s fourth column in a 6-part series that is inspired by the writings in her memoir, which will be published later this year. Vera is known throughout the shooting industry as a gracious woman who exudes class and kindness. In this post, Vera explains how she found peace and the will to live after a tragedy in her life, through God and Christianity. Although Women’s Outdoor News is not a religiously based publication, we have long respected Vera Koo and we appreciate her willingness to share this poignant ...

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  • May 7, 2017

Yuanfen and 2 Pieces of Jade

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, April, 2017 In the Chinese culture, we believe in a concept called Yuanfen, which is when fate brings two people together. If you have Yuanfen with another person, you will feel comfortable with that person. You can talk with each other like you have known each other forever, even if you have known each other only for a short time. My husband, Carlos, and I have Yuanfen. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • April 30, 2017

Twenty-Five Yards: Set Small Goals – For Shooting and Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, March, 2017 Twenty-five yards isn’t far to travel – unless, of course, your leg is broken. That’s the situation I found myself in during an April day in 2013 at the gun range near Columbia, Mo. I was training for the upcoming Bianchi Cup, the biggest annual event on my calendar. I spent the afternoon practicing alone on the range on a cold, damp day. I only needed to clean up, and I could return to my vehicle and head back to my hotel. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified ...

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  • April 1, 2017

Vera Koo’s First Column in a Six-Part Series Inspired by the Writings in her Memoir

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, February, 2017 Some people only find enjoyment in hobbies they can share with others, but I have never found this to be the case with shooting. Since I began sport shooting in my 40s, I have found it to be a rewarding individual sport. I feel at peace when I am alone on the gun range. Sure, you compete against other shooters, and you often see other shooters while practicing on the gun range. You are not alone in a vacuum. At some events, you even compete on a team. At its core, however, sport shooting is just you, your gun and the ...

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  • March 30, 2017

Retro WON: Applying the Philosophy of Sun Tzu to My Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, February, 2017 Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” ~Sun Tzu Great athletes are perfectionists. We have a strong work ethic, and the tenacious ability to bite into something and never let go. We stay with it. We are determined, meticulous planners, who value self-control, pure strength and building on talent. We are physically and mentally strong. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • February 27, 2017