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 owner and author.
Vera’s first book, a memoir titled The Most Unlikely Champion, describes her journey to become one of the world’s premier sport shooters. She is working on her second book, a collection of the blogs published at The WON. In true Vera fashion, her written responses to our questions run the gamut from inspiring to humorous. Enjoy!
Getting to Know Vera Koo
1 Describe a typical day in your work life:
I was a competitive shooter at the Bianchi Cup for 21 years. I retired from the competitive shooting sport in June of 2018. Steel Challenge, USPSA, Man on Man Shoot-Off, Master’s, Bullseye and modified Silhouette were my competitions of choice. A day’s work as a competitive shooter in my practice started with putting on a ton of sunblock on my face, arms and occasionally on my legs, to prepare for spending a day under the sun. I’d load up my car with all the shooting equipment and ammo, with breakfast, lunch and water. Oh! also with lots of cookies, I am a sugar and butter addict.
I shot 1,000 rounds a day for 7 days straight every other week during my 50’s in preparation for an upcoming match. I stayed at the shooting range for 10-12 hours a day. And when I was in my mid 60’s, I cut my shooting back to 850 rounds a day for 5 days, and every other week for 10 hours a day. I would eat massive amounts of food, and drink enough liquid (one gallon per day on a normal day, and 2 gallons of liquid on a hot day) during my practice to facilitate the energy that I needed to function.
Continue reading this installment of Gal Gab here.