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 (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 in...

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...

Vera Koo 4 Rules of Gun Safety

Vera Koo 4 Rules of Gun Safety

Vera Koo, national and world champion shooter, gives her tips for gun safety. These tips apply to both on and off the range. "If you can observe the rules that us competitive shooters adhere to, it will make you a much safer shooter. And while you are remembering all...

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...