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: 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

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: 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

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

What I’m doing now part 2

Skills are perishable. Even though I have spent the past twenty years perfecting my ability, from the speed of my draw and the agility of going prone to the measured breathing and clearing my mind before I pull the trigger, even my most basic skills could deteriorate without continued practice. And just because I have one less appendage at the moment, doesn’t mean I can stand to lose my skills. (a bit of humor from my wheelchair) So, every day I am shooting my airsoft guns. They are like BB pistols, but with biodegradable pellets. Carlos built a range in our back ...

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  • August 15, 2013

What I’m doing now – my recovery

So there’s a question I’ve been answering a lot recently. What am I doing now? It’s been nearly three months since my accident. To be honest, I have been doing nothing. I have been sleeping, eating, and doing physical therapy. I am eating thousands of calories a day to try to gain back my strength and weight, while trying to maintain the mental strength on my road to recovery. I had so much pain this week that I’m actually starting to doubt if I’m recovering properly. So now, my recovery is being impeded by my anxiety and fears. I haven’t been on any pain ...

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  • July 20, 2013