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Q: How do men react when you beat them in a match?
JL: Most of them are respectful and gracious on the outside but I couldn’t tell you what they are thinking under their breath!
Q: What is your favorite billiards game and why?
JL: I love straight pool, also known as 14.1 continuous, the game that is played in the movie “The Hustler” with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. This is really a game where there is a perfect balance of skill, focus, creativity, and finesse. I just love it.
Q: What is your greatest moment in your billiards career?
JL: When I won the World Games Gold Medal for the USA in 2001. It was the first time we competed for a medal under the IOC, and I couldn’t have been prouder and yet more humbled by my presence on such an international stage. It was awesome.
Q: Do you prefer playing women or men professional billiards players?
JL: I really prefer playing men because the win is so much more satisfying when you kick a guy’s butt playing pool.
Q: How did you get started playing pool?
JL: I was first introduced to pool by my high school sweetheart when I was 15. Then years later, I walked into a room at 18 and saw an older gentleman playing in the corner, and he was mesmerizing. I fell in love with it then and never stopped from there on out.
Q: What do you love most about billiards?
JL: I’m not sure what makes anyone fall in love with anything or anyone over another, but for me, billiards is just always fun and always challenging. It has been the road to my growth in life, in learning about myself, and my strengths and weaknesses. It will always be a part of my life.
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