By Kyle Jillson | May 20 2013 12:38

Shooting Sports USA sits down with Olympic silver medalist and shooting sports legend Ruby Fox

Ruby Fox at the 1996 NRA National Championships at Camp Perry courtesy Joe Roberts

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.


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