Shooting Sports USA sits down with Olympic silver medalist and shooting sports legend Ruby Fox
Fairfax, Virginia - So you fancy yourself a competitive shooter. Have you heard of Ruby Fox? This month's Shooting Sports USA has an excellent interview with the former Olympic silver medalist about her life in the world of competitive shooting.
Born in Los Angeles, CA,
Ruby Ellen Fox learned how
to shoot from her competitive shooting husband,
Art. At the 1984 Summer
Olympics in Los Angeles, Canada’s
Linda Thom and Ruby tied for ﬁrst in
the women’s 25-meter sport pistol
with record-setting 585s. Thom won
the shoot-off 198 to 197, earning Fox
the silver. Ruby also competed in the
1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics.
Fox traveled the world during her
shooting career and was the only woman
on the elite U.S. Army Reserve Pistol
Team, serving nearly 29 years. She now
resides with her husband in Parker, AZ.
She still coaches, teaches and competes.
As a “California Girl,” were
you exposed to shooting
sports growing up?
I was born in Los Angeles. But
by the time I was four years old,
my father’s asthma had worsened
to the point that his doctor recommended relocating to a dryer climate—
either Las Vegas or Parker, AZ.
My father said “No daughter of
mine is going to live in Las Vegas.”
He knew me (laughs), so my
mother packed us up and we
moved to Parker, and I’ve been
here for sixty-some years.
Is it true you spent your honeymoon at a shooting match?
Well, I didn’t shoot. My husband
shot. He was the shooter back then
and I was just a young bride.
Col. Jack Vincent recruited
you for the Army Reserve team.
How did you two meet?
Jack was my commanding officer
for all the years that I shot in the Army Reserve. I met Col. Vincent at many
matches when I was a civilian competitor. At a San Diego match in 1974,
he asked me if I would be interested
in joining the U.S. Army Reserve Pistol
Team. It didn’t take me long to answer.
The person who gave me my first
shooting lesson in 1968 was Air Force
Major Frank Green in South Bend, IN.
Frank was the silver medalist at the
1964 Tokyo Olympics. I was the next
U.S. pistol competitor to win an
Olympic medal, 20 years later.
Read the rest of the interview in this month's digital issue of Shooting Sports USA right here.