Why You Must Shine Through

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, November 29, 2015 Vera Koo describes her journey to becoming one of the world’s finest shooters and how she overcame cultural obstacles and why you must shine through, too. My husband, Carlos, likes to tell a rendition of an old Chinese fable about a conniving fox who takes the form of a beautiful woman. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • December 3, 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: How Windsurfing Kick-Started My Quest to Learn Other Sports

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, August 4, 2015 Before I met my husband, Carlos, I had no background in sports. I did not even take physical education classes in school. Carlos and I met before I turned 18 years old, and we married in 1969. One of my marriage philosophies is that anything my husband likes to do, I should learn it, because if my husband is interested in something, he will give me the time and support to learn that activity. And I try to never miss an opportunity to learn something. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese

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  • August 10, 2015

Vera Koo: On God’s Plan

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, July 2, 2015 Learn why Vera Koo accepts and moves forward through accident and injury, again and again, and about how she looks for, and accepts, God’s plan in the process. The manner in which I tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in my left knee on Jan. 1 was, in a word, ridiculous. There is really no other way to describe it. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • July 4, 2015

Vera Koo: Why I Pushed Through the Pain to Return to Competition

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, May 17, 2015 Vera Koo describes why she has been pushing through pain of a knee injury to return to one of the shooting sports’ most prestigious competitions. They told me it could not be done. The first doctor who saw me after I tore my anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in my left knee during a skiing accident on Jan. 1 told me. Subsequent doctors told me. Friends told me. A physical therapist even laughed at the idea of it. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese

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  • May 20, 2015

Vera Koo: Lightning Strikes Twice

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, April 22, 2015 Vera Koo knows that lightening can strike twice, especially when it comes to accidents when you’re active. Read about her recent skiing accident and how she, once again, prepares to recover so that she can shoot competitively in a record amount of time. I’m a firm believer in destiny: things that are meant to happen will happen. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • April 25, 2015

Adventures with Vera Koo in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, March 25, 2015 While much of the Western world was celebrating the holidays with festivity, light, family and gifts, I fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting uncharted regions of the Eastern world last fall. My passport has seen many stamps during the last 65 years, but India has, until now, not been amongst them and between the holidays, I joined friends in our quest to see spectacular Eastern architecture, the remnants of a great trading empire, and maybe, if we were lucky, ride an elephant or two! Go To Full Article | Translatio...

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  • March 30, 2015

Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, February 10, 2015 I have a philosophy about opportunities. Opportunities are fleeting. When one arises, you should be careful not to miss it. You might never feel like the time is perfect to act on an opportunity. Opportunities can pop up at any time. You might feel like you are not ready when they come, and when you feel you are ready, they might never come. Yet, whether you feel ready or not, if you see an opportunity, you should grab it. Otherwise, you will miss your chance and might never get another one. Go To Full Article

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  • February 12, 2015

Vera Koo: From Dolls to Guns — My Journey to the Competition Shooting Sports

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, January 6, 2015 I did not grow up playing with toy guns. I grew up playing with dolls. In fact, as a child, I never had any interest in guns. I was raised in a very traditional Chinese family that valued women as nurturers and caretakers. My mother groomed me to be good wife, a good mother and a good daughter-in-law. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • January 7, 2015