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

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

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

Vera Koo: Get Out There and Compete in Regional and State Matches

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, July 26, 2016 Kevin Angstadt offered me some sound advice several years ago during a time when my Bianchi Cup performance had taken a step back. He told me I should consider competing in more regional and state matches to help refine my skills for the Bianchi Cup. Go To Full Article | Translations:  日文 Japanese - 簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • July 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Why Women Learn from a Female Instructor

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, June 28, 2016 I have been blessed throughout my shooting career to learn from some great teachers and mentors, men such as Jim O’Young. I never had a female instructor. For me, this was OK. I wanted to advance my knowledge and skills in the shooting sports, and it did not matter to me whether I learned from a man or woman. I grew accustomed to taking classes surrounded by men. I learned how to shoot by taking 2 years of firearm safety classes taught by a male instructor in a class filled with mostly guys. In the advanced classes, there ...

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  • June 30, 2016

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