Ewa Mataya Laurance, The Striking Viking, Professional Pool Player
Ewa Mataya Laurance
is one of the most visible superstars in the history of pocket billiards.
Known as The Striking Viking
took the billiard world by storm since she
moved to the US from her
childhood dream of becoming the best in the world, she
continues to be a dominant presence on the international billiard scene.
is the current International and World Cup Trick Shot Champion, the holder of multiple World and US Open 9-ball titles, and has also won the Swedish, European and US National Championships in her
A former # 1 ranked player in the world, Ewa
has received Player of the Year honors, been named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year, and in 2004, was inducted into the prestigious Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
This dynamic champion made an historic appearance on the cover of the New York Times Magazine
and has been featured in numerous national publications, including People Magazine
, Sports Illustrated
for Women and Cigar Aficionado.
is also a frequent guest on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Early Show, Current Affair, LIVE with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight and The Best Damned Sports Show, Period.
When not competing, Ewa serves as the ESPN Color Commentator.
also co-hosted GSN's popular game show "Ball Breakers."
Ewa is on the Board of Trustees of the Billiard Education Foundation and the South Carolina chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
is a frequent participant at various celebrity golf tournaments around the country.
On tour, Ewa
is sponsored by Brunswick Billiards.