Vera’s Blog

A 5-year (and counting!) collection of posts from “Vera Koo” – the column penned by Vera, and published by Women’s Outdoor News. Soon to be a book, title coming soon.
Thankful for Those Who Helped Along the Way

Thankful for Those Who Helped Along the Way

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published March 16, 2020 When I consider my life and how fortunate I have been, it is almost as if I am in a play with a perfectly written script. My story has had countless hurdles and challenging times, but just when it seems as if...

Adventures with Vera Koo in India

Adventures with Vera Koo in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published 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...

Peace, Harmony and Forgiveness: ‘Shing Ping’ Matters

Peace, Harmony and Forgiveness: ‘Shing Ping’ Matters

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published June 7, 2017 When I compete in sport shooting, I try to achieve complete peace in my mind. I work hard to remain focused and keep stray thoughts from creeping in. Some shooters like to socialize at the range, but that is...

Vera Koo and the Importance of a Random Act of Kindness

Vera Koo and the Importance of a Random Act of Kindness

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published October 19, 2016 One of my daughters once asked me what I thought the most important virtue was that she should try to instill in her children. I answered: kindness. Certainly, kindness is not the only virtue for which to...

Vera Koo: Top Woman Action Pistol Champion

Vera Koo: Top Woman Action Pistol Champion

This video opens by listing Vera Koo's staggering number of gold medals in the women’s division in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 at the NRA National Action Pistol (Bianchi) Championship, in Columbia, Missouri. Click here to see Vera's...

Vera Koo: Top Woman Shooter – A Documentary

Vera Koo: Top Woman Shooter – A Documentary

This documentary opens with Austin Koo, Vera Koo’s son, speaking over footage of his mom shooting at the range. He compares his mother with other, “typical,” moms – unlike other moms who watch TV after dinner, his mom is cleaning guns and loading ammo. Top Woman...

Vera Koo Launches New Website

Vera Koo Launches New Website

Published July 20th, 2020 Former professional competition shooter and current book author Vera Koo recently launched a new website that highlights her success in the world of pistol shooting, and introduces the world to her memoir, “The Most Unlikely Champion.” Koo...

BlueInk Review: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

BlueInk Review: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Vera Koo—professional sport shooter and eight-time winner of the women’s National Rifle Association (NRA) Bianchi Cup—relates how her unwavering focus, determination and faith in Jesus enabled her to conquer the biggest challenges of her life. Born and raised in Hong...

Hollywood Book Reviews: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Hollywood Book Reviews: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Reviewed by: Anthony Avina. The American entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe Herd once said, “Feminism is not about girl power. It is about equal power.” In authors Vera Koo’s and Justin Pahl’s book, The Most Unlikely Champion: A Memoir, the authors explores this concept by...

Kirkus Reviews: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Kirkus Reviews: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Published April 9, 2019 A woman recounts how she conquered the male-dominated world of competitive shooting in this debut memoir. Koo does not fit the usual profile of an expert pistol shooter. Her race, gender, and age all make her something of an outlier, but this...

Book Review: Julie Golob on ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Book Review: Julie Golob on ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

It’s funny how familiarity works. When you see someone nearly every spring for more than a decade, you think you know them. From the smiles on the range and the casual quick catch ups, in truth, these interactions just skim the surface. I’ve been shooting with Vera...

Online Book Club Review: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by: ZoeyTew2, Published July 5, 2020 The book The Most Unlikely Champion is an uplifting and inspiring book. In short, Vera Koo is writing about her experience as a shooter. She started because of her curiosity about gun safety and decided to take a...

A Peek Into the Life of Vera Koo and the Book She is Writing

A Peek Into the Life of Vera Koo and the Book She is Writing

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published September 20, 2016 I met Vera Koo a few years ago and have been intrigued with her ever since. It’s no secret that I think she is an absolutely amazing person. As I read her recent column, my respect for her grew all the...

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published 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...

Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India

Vera Koo Prepares for an Adventure in India

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published 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....

What I Learned from Glenda Jackson and ‘King Lear’

What I Learned from Glenda Jackson and ‘King Lear’

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published August 15, 2019 In this story about a recent trip to see plays in New York City, columnist Vera Koo describes a life-changing event that occurred because she saw Glenda Jackson in “King Lear.” CliffNotes saved me on book...

Vera Koo: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

Vera Koo: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published 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...

Shark Adventure: A Dive Into a Shark Arena

Shark Adventure: A Dive Into a Shark Arena

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published September 5, 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...

Sightseeing in Alaska: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

Sightseeing in Alaska: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published July 10, 2019 I do not usually like to mix business with pleasure. I traveled across the globe for competitions during my 15-year professional shooting career, and I almost never went sightseeing or exploring during my...

Vera Koo on the NRA World Action Pistol Championship & Bianchi Cup

Vera Koo on the NRA World Action Pistol Championship & Bianchi Cup

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published May 8, 2018 Two years ago when I competed at the World Action Pistol Championship in New Zealand, I figured it might be my final time participating on the world stage. Turns out, I am getting another opportunity. I am one...

Twenty-Five Yards: Set Small Goals – For Shooting and Life

Twenty-Five Yards: Set Small Goals – For Shooting and Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published March 20, 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...

Vera Koo and Her Zombie Apocalypse Experience

Vera Koo and Her Zombie Apocalypse Experience

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, Published April 7, 2020 Life with Carlos is an adventure, so much so that I often think I have lived 2 or 3 lifetimes compressed into one. Throughout our 50 years of marriage, we have not had a dull moment. We raised a family. We...