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 cover a lot of ground, starting with her traditional Chinese upbringing.

“From what I can remember, my mom raised me to be a good wife. A good wife, a good mother, very good daughter-in-law, a very good person. A good housewife, maybe a good cook… In any case, I was raised to be a subservient, very good, Chinese woman.” – Vera Koo

But that is not the path that Koo followed. In interview form, she explains her college education, which was not anticipated by her traditional family. She talks about the education that she also received from the shooting sport. As a competitor, you have to rely on yourself, and can never be scared. Read more about Vera’s experience and accomplishments, 此处阅读.

Vera Koo: Champion Shooter

“Vera Koo’s belief that the United State of America is a place where opportunities can flourish, for any woman with focus, determination and discipline can succeed beyond anyone’s expectations, at any age.” – narrator

This video continues with further interviews with Vera Koo, where she details the various types of shooting competitions that she has trained for and competed in. She attributes her mental toughness to being able to perservere in the world of professional shooting.

Interview with Jim O’Young

Jim O’Young, famous steel target shooter, met Koo early on in her professional shooting career, and became her mentor. In Vera’s words, from a blog she penned for Women’s Outdoor News:

Jim O’Young became my first mentor, and he remains a good friend and teacher to this day. It was like fate brought us together…

一九九一年我遇见 Jim 时,已经完成若干枪械训练课程,但在射击运动圈子裡还 是无名小卒。我刚刚决定要参加射击运动比赛,但是我需要方向;我买了一管比 赛用枪,但是对自己使用这把枪的成绩表现不满意。..

I told Jim about the issues I was having with my gun. Jim is a frank man. After hearing my story, he leveled with me and asked, “Is it the shooter or the gun?”

This video contains a sit-down interview with Jim, as he describes working with Vera over the span of many years.

Vera Koo: Bianchi Cup

Another highlight of this video is the explanation of Vera’s association with the

in Columbia, Missouri. Included in this detail is an interview from

(nee Goloski), who was her teammate at the World Action Pistol Championship in New Zealand. They have also competed at the Bianchi Cup.

Vera Koo: Balance

The video comes to a close with an interview from Vera, where she talks about striking the balance between being a traditional and more independent Chinese American woman. She also speaks enthusiastically about her continued passions and goals, and skills she plans to learn in the future. She is at the point in her career where she wants to give back to others. She is a woman who does not quit!

Continue watching Vera’s videos on her YouTube channel.

《巾帼枪神 世界冠军之路》

Read more about Vera Koo’s life and rise through the world of professional shooting, in her memoir, 《巾帼枪神 世界冠军之路》, sold 此处阅读.


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