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

What’s In Your Range Bag, Vera Koo?

By Barbara Baird, Shooting Sports USA, November 24, 2017 Vera Koo has been shooting competitively for over 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 over a decade, 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. Go To Full Article

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  • November 24, 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

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

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

Climbing Your Personal ‘Mt. Everest’

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, May 31, 2016 People often wonder why I am still participating in the shooting sport. I will turn 70 later this year, and my performance in recent years has left something to be desired. However, I am not ready to walk away. I am still climbing toward trying to attain what I would consider my highest peak, my personal Mt. Everest. I remain determined to get there. A thrill of adventure is ingrained in me. I enjoy pushing myself to the limit while I try to reach new heights. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體...

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  • May 31, 2016

Vera Koo: Why You Must Exercise if You Want to Shoot

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, April 29, 2016 I think of our bodies as our vehicles that allow us to travel through life. If you want your vehicle to perform, you must keep it fueled and give it the necessary maintenance. The same is true with our bodies. We must keep our bodies fueled with proper nutrition and maintained by steady exercise. Otherwise, we cannot expect our bodies to perform the way we want them to when called upon. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • April 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: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, January 24, 2016 More than 20 years ago, I found myself at the lowest point of my life. I had experienced a terrible personal crisis. Suffice it to say that this crisis was an external force that shattered my core values. I had built my beliefs based on certain principles, and this crisis destroyed those beliefs on which I had built my world, causing my world to fall apart. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • January 30, 2016

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