May 5, 2013 By Julia Sleazer
Thanks to everyone who voted for CoMo Derby Dames’ entry in the Atkins jingle contest! We won the contest, as well as the viewer’s choice award!
For those of you who missed it, check out the entry here:
April 14, 2013 By Jezebel Jett
April 14, 2013 By Jezebel Jett
Why did you get into Derby?:
As a kid, I did competitive figure skating (on ice). When I first came out to a beginners practice, I hadn’t been on skates in 10 or 15 years, and it felt so good! I didn’t think I would actually become a “derby girl.” I thought I was just going out to beginners nights for a workout once a week. Next thing I knew, I had 40 amazing new friends and was part of a team. Having been a stay-at-home mom for eight years, it was so awesome to find something that was purely for me, a place where I could go and push myself as hard as I possibly could with a group of incredible people I never would have met otherwise. I love my team so much!
Who do you think has had the most influence on your style of play?:
I have learned so much from so many people! I learned how to soul crush by watching Nox; Whiskey Shindig first taught me how to block; I learned how to juke from Faerie Lethal; Bucks ‘Em Butterfly is a constant inspiration to push myself and my team to improve; Olive T. Smashum inspires my off-skates training; From Blondie Knocks I learned not to take the outside unless you’re really sure you can make it, lol!
As far as someone I aspire to jam like, well, I often watch Bonnie Thunders. Her background is also figure skating, and I like to try to dance and juke through the pack the way she does. She is not only agile, but she also plays really smart. She has an incredible awareness of what’s going on in the pack and where the other jammer is. That’s something I’d really like to get better at.
What skates and wheels do you use?:
Antiks and Radar Bullets
What is your pre-bout ritual?:
Well, on Saturdays all three of my kids have soccer games, so I spend the day cheering for them on the sidelines. Then I usually eat a potato and head to the rink.
What advice do you have for other skaters?:
Skate with other teams! Whenever I travel to visit family, etc., I always try to practice with a team in the area. It is so enlightening to see how other teams do things and to hear how they teach/practice the same skills my team is working on. It always blows me away how huge and friendly our extended derby family is!
If you could remove one penalty from the game, what would it be?:
Hmm… I don’t think I would remove any of them. I really like the new rule set (with no minors). It is so much easier to skate with! Sometimes I wish that instead of a penalty for cutting the track, a jammer just wouldn’t get a point for passing that person. But then I think about how awesome it is when my team soul crushes the other jammer, causes her to cut, and then she goes to the box.
November 12, 2011
Drink of choice:
chocolate chips, the snooze button
2011 and 2012 Best Rookie Jammer (I know, it’s weird. I started at the very end of 2011.); 2012 Rookie Best Recovery; 2012 Attendance Record; several jammer MVPs