By Vera Koo, Women’s Outdoor News, Published July 3, 2018

I was precise in everything I did throughout my sport shooting career. I was precise in the way I practiced. I was precise in the way I ate in the weeks leading up to a match. I was precise in the way I prepared my guns and equipment for competition. So I suppose it is no coincidence that I can pinpoint the precise moment I decided to retire from sport shooting.

It was 8:23 p.m., May 23, following the first day of competition at the Bianchi Cup. I was in my hotel room in Columbia, Missouri. I had been watching a movie called “Tale of Tales” while eating dinner. When the movie ended, I put my left hand on my right forearm, and I felt it.

I felt the lack of strength and muscle mass in my arm. I knew my body is not serving me anymore. In that moment, I decided it was time to retire. 

I did not tell anyone just yet. I finished the Bianchi Cup after 2 more days. It became my final match – a fitting place to end my career, considering how much the Bianchi Cup taught me.

Even in my 21st year competing in the Bianchi Cup, the competition can still surprise me. After all, I did not travel to Columbia thinking I was on the brink of retiring.

But God is always in control and guides my steps, and He once again reminded me of this.

Leading up to this year’s Bianchi Cup, I knew I was in for an enormous challenge. 

The World Action Pistol Championship and Bianchi Cup were being held in succession in Columbia, allowing me 2 days of rest between the major competitions. While it marked my 9th appearance in the WAPC, this year was unique in that the events were in back-to-back fashion.

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