Jeanette Lee is 5-9 and as willowy as a top runway model, despite a steel rod implanted into her back when she was 13 to correct a curvature of the spine. Her gummy smiles display that all-American wide-open friendliness that makes people immediately wish she were their older sister. Her sweet skin is a soft wrapper on the steely determination that has driven her to the top of a highly competitive sport at a scandalously young age.
She speaks in the assured measured tones of a professional spokesperson. But when she talks to friends from the pool world, she drops the facade and reverts to being a girl from Manhattan.
GoldSea: What are your days like?
Jeanette Lee: I wake up, do my aerobics for about an hour and ten minutes. I don't want to be muscular. I want to be in shape. The aerobics is more to feel fit, feel healthy, flexible and [build] good endurance--just to feel good. It makes up for the fact that I don't do anything else [in the way of physical exercise]. Then I make business phone calls, I go play pool until I come home, I cook myself dinner, then I play pool again. Either during dinner or after dinner I'll watch an Accuset tape which are tapes of people playing pool.
GS: What does that do for you?
Lee: There are a lot of tapes of top male players. I learn a lot from them. No matter how good you are, there's always more to learn. When I watch men play in the Accuset tapes, I watch how they do things. It's not like there's only one way to get to the next ball.
GS: What time do your days start?
Lee: Sometimes late at night you get into a game with people and you don't want to stop. Generally our business day starts at 9:30.
GS: What time do you wake up?
Lee: Nine. My office is in my house.
GS: Where do you live?
Lee: In Norwalk. My secretary comes over and does whatever work I have to do so I don't have to worry about it. I go play pool and come home and watch a pool tape and go to sleep. In my bathroom I have pool magazines and pool books and mental training for sports and mental toughness training for athletes. I live and breathe pool. PAGE 2