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...

Online Book Club Review (M1): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (M1): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by Mantha1, Published Jun 17, 2020 The Most Unlikely Champion by Vera Koo is an autobiography of the author. Vera Koo gives us the front row seat as she takes us through her journey into sport shooting, a male-dominated sport, and how she used this sport to...

Online Book Club Review (CD): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (CD): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by Cdavis07, Published Apr 18, 2020 The Most Unlikely ChampionA Memoir by Vera Koo I enjoyed reading this book, The Most Unlikely Champion. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was an excellent read. This is an inspiring story of personal loss,...

Book Review of Vera Koo’s ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Book Review of Vera Koo’s ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

I met Vera Koo several years ago at a Bianchi Cup match in Columbia, Missouri. I’m thinking it might have been about 15 years ago, when she was at the height of her shooting career. Indeed, Vera is the only woman to capture the prestigious Bianchi Cup championship in...

Author Vera Koo: Champion of Firearms and of Faith

Author Vera Koo: Champion of Firearms and of Faith

Review by Cheryl Todd, for Women's Outdoor News Heroes. Patriots. Conquerors. Champions. These are a few of the names we give to people who we look up to. People who have overcome great adversity, and actually used adversity as a stepping stone to climb ever higher....

Online Book Club Review (JE): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (JE): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by Jelleh, Published Feb 28, 2020 The Most Unlikely Champion is a beautiful story about Vera's own experiences and struggles as she became a pistol champion. The story captures her struggles and miraculous experiences as her faith in God and her own...

Erin Garvin on ‘The Most Unlikely Champion: A Memoir’

Erin Garvin on ‘The Most Unlikely Champion: A Memoir’

We asked competition shooter and exercise guru Erin Garvin if she would give a read of Vera Koo’s book, The Most Unlikely Champion: A Memoir and review it. She graciously agreed to do so, and sent us this message shortly after receiving her autographed copy: “Wow! I...

Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Slideshow

Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Slideshow

This video, created by photographer Shun Chu, features clips of Vera Koo at the Bianchi Cup. This competition, also known as the NRA National Action Pistol Championship, is an annual event that takes places in Columbia, Missouri, at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol...

Online Book Club Review (Q4): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (Q4): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by quaintrelle4, Published Oct 7, 2020 Within the journey of life flows the inevitable stream of woes and hardships bifurcating into two distinct paths: the fall, where you give up and allow the challenges of life to crush you down and the rise, where you see...

Online Book Club Review (JS): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (JS): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by Jerry Shaphan, Published Mar 16, 2020 The Most Unlikely Champion is a memoir by Vera Koo assisted by writer Justin Pahl. Raised in traditional Chinese values, Vera recounts her experiences as she rose in a male-dominated sport, sport-shooting. She also...

NRA Women: Vera Koo Fitness and Competitive Shooting

NRA Women: Vera Koo Fitness and Competitive Shooting

In this video, Tips & Tactics: Vera Koo: Fitness and Competitive Shooting, Vera Koo provides insights into the importance of physical fitness and how it improves her ability to compete. Introduced by the series’ host, Gabby Franco, Koo explains her...

Lessons from “The Most Unlikely Champion” – Vera Koo

Lessons from “The Most Unlikely Champion” – Vera Koo

Jennifer Hansen’s review of Vera Koo’s memoir aptly describes Vera’s life – on and off the shooting range. If you don’t know Vera Koo, you may meet her here, and if you want to know more about her, buy her book. ~BB “Champions” are thought to be young, robust...

NRA Women: Vera Koo Becoming a Warrior

NRA Women: Vera Koo Becoming a Warrior

In this video, Tips & Tactics: Vera Koo: Becoming a Warrior, the viewer is given Vera Koo's insights into the mental aspects of competition. Introduced by the series’ host, Gabby Franco, Koo goes on to explain her journey from overcoming an initial fear of...

Gal Gab: 6 Questions for Vera Koo, ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Gal Gab: 6 Questions for Vera Koo, ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

In this second installment of Gal Gab, champion shooter Vera Koo answers our questions. Vera, who retired from professional shooting just 6 months shy of being 72 years old, holds a long list of awards and records in the sport. She is also a mentor, mother, business...

Online Book Club Review (CH): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (CH): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by Chocoshiba, Published Mar 23, 2020 This book is written by Justin Pahl, who met Vera Koo in December 2014 and she tells him her story about family and business, success and failure. Vera Koo also told her achievements are because of God's Grace and her faith...

NRA Women: Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Gear

NRA Women: Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Gear

In this video, Tips & Tactics: Vera Koo: Bianchi Cup Gear, the viewer will learn all about the gear Vera Koo recommends for use at the Bianchi Cup. Introduced by the series’ host, Gabby Franco, Koo goes on to explain the various items she recommends...

NRA Women: Vera Koo The Value of Competitive Shooting

NRA Women: Vera Koo The Value of Competitive Shooting

In this video, Tips & Tactics: Vera Koo: The Value of Competitive Shooting, the viewer will learn all about the skills learned in competitive shooting. Introduced by the series’ host, Gabby Franco, Koo goes on to explain the life skills learned by participating in...

Online Book Club Review (AL): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Online Book Club Review (AL): ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Review by andrewslizzy43, Published April 2, 2020 I truly, truly loved this book. In her memoir, The Most Unlikely Champion, decorated sport shooter Vera Koo continues her trailblazing legacy with a story peppered with tidbits of wisdom and thoughtfully...

NRA Women: Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Events

NRA Women: Vera Koo Bianchi Cup Events

In this video, Tips & Tactics: Vera Koo: Bianchi Cup Events, the viewer will learn all about the Bianchi Cup. Introduced by the series' host, Gabby Franco, Koo goes on to explain the 4 stages of the competition. Tips & Tactics was created by NRA Women,...

Getting to Know Vera Koo: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

Getting to Know Vera Koo: ‘The Most Unlikely Champion’

I recently came onboard at Women’s Outdoor News, and one of my first clients was Vera Koo. To better understand, and therefore better connect and work for her, I decided to read her memoir, The Most Unlikely Champion.  I was already familiar with Koo’s reputation...

Moments with Vera Koo 2

Moments with Vera Koo 2

This video is a compilation of video footage of Vera Koo during her professional shooting career. Created by Jenn Kassar, it gives the viewer 5 minutes of action-packed shooting clips of Vera at the range. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=Ic9bXV_BvGI...

Vera Koo: When Your Friend Won’t Listen to Good Advice

Vera Koo: When Your Friend Won’t Listen to Good Advice

We all have encountered a friend or loved one going down a path we wish we could correct. Our responsibility is to try to steer that person in the right direction with good advice. But what should you do if your friend will not listen to you? I experienced this during...

Vera Koo 2015 Slideshow

Vera Koo 2015 Slideshow

This video, a compilation slideshow from 2015, is an overview of Vera Koo's experience at the Bianchi Cup. Also known as the NRA National Action Pistol Championship, this annual competition takes places in Columbia, Missouri, at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol...

Vera Koo Top Women Pistol Shooter

Vera Koo Top Women Pistol Shooter

This video kicks off with local news footage of Vera Koo, now-retired champion pistol shooter, as she began in the shooting sport. Footage of her in action on the range is included, and quickly transitions to an in-person sit down with Koo. Lively interviews with Koo...

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