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By Jeanette Lee
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October: Starting Out
October 2010
Q. How did you get involved with pool? Was it a dream that you wanted to be a pool player when you were little?
J. Souvannaksy; Anchorage, Alaska

A. I fell in love with the game watching a guy play great pool in my late teens. I walked into a poolhall in New York and was absolutely fascinated. He was so intriguing with the way he gracefully moved around the table. From that point on, all I wanted to do was play pool. Most pros started playing as children, but I only found my calling when I was on the doorstep of adulthood. Still, I completely dedicated myself to being the best woman player in the world. When I started playing 20 years ago, women playing pool back then weren't nearly as common as they are today. I was something of the exception, being the girl who never left the poolhall. But I loved it. It felt like I could create my own art and challenge my focus. Eventually, after a lot of practice, I loved beating the guys who lined up to play me when I was just starting out. Also, I was fortunate enough to have a lot of good players around and regular weekly tournaments everywhere.