About Vera Koo
Vera Koo is a first-generation Chinese American woman. She’s a wife and mother, author, entrepreneur, and retired competition shooter. She’s made her home on the West Coast but is an avid traveler, food lover, and patron of the arts. Vera’s first book and memoir, The Most Unlikely Champion, recounts the stories of her life with tremendous introspection and emotional clarity.
Koo was born in Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China, and spent her childhood in Hong Kong. She immigrated with her family to the United States when Vera was 12 years old. She and her husband, Carlos, have a successful business and are the proud parents of three children, and grandparents to six grandchildren.
Along with Vera’s fantastic memoir and life story, The Most Unlikely Champion, she writes her column, Vera Koo, at Women’s Outdoor News. This blog features content in a wide variety of categories, covering everything from shooting, to travel, and Vera’s faith in God. Vera’s current endeavor is creating her second book, a compilation of these blog posts.
Prior to retiring from sport shooting just 6 months before turning 72, Vera competed in the regular Women’s category, as well as the Senior/Super Senior category, in which she competed against only male shooters. As one of the elite female athletes in the growing sport, Vera enjoyed mentoring young shooters.