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Dinah Party began her roller derby life in New York City with none other than the three-time champion, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, before moving to Chicago to take up a role with the Windy City Rollers. Currently a member of The Fury, Dinah started out playing for the Hell's Belles before transferring after the 2012 season.
Bloody Elle started her derby life in Chicago on the Windy City Roller’s farm team, the Haymarket Rioters, before taking up a role with The Chicago Outfit for the last few years. After a few season of travel team play with The Chicago Outfit and the Midwest MEGA, Elle made the switch back to Windy City this January just in time to be drafted to the Hell’s Belles. We caught up with Elle just ahead of this weekend’s playoff bout against the Manic Attackers.
4 years in derby-verse has brought Tamikaze from the Haymarket Rioters all the way up to her current status as veteran Manic Attacker and All Star. She took a second to sit down with us to talk about juggling real life and derby life, favorite Manic Moments, and the quest for the championship ring.
Long-time WCR All-Stars veteran Ol' Drrty Go-Go stood down as captain at the end of the 2012 season, eventually announcing her short-lived retirement. Lucky for us, Go-Go just couldn't wrap it up and decided to come back, logging her first All-Star bout in 2013 with a standout performance this against Montreal. We sat down with Go-Go about to talk about derby love, the new season and "Favre-ing."
Tori Adore retired at the end of 2011 after spending her entire derby career with The Fury, a team she lead as co-captain with Old Drrrty Go-Go to back to back championships. Tori was also an integral member of the WCR All-Star team, and she's recently rejoined Windy City as one of the All-Stars' bench coaches. See the All-Stars in action tomorrow, March 30, against the Montreal New Skids on the Block at the UIC Pavilion! Tickets are still available!
One of the things that roller derby is most associated with in the mind of the new observer is the derby name. “What’s Your Derby Name?” is the first question asked when you tell someone that you play roller derby. And choosing that name is one of the first steps in becoming a player of the sport. We asked some stars of the Second Wind traveling team about their derby name, and here's what they had to say. Come to the UIC Pavilion this Saturday, March 30, to cheer on these ...
Devout derby fans can pick up quickly on the fundamentals of following the game. Power jams, three-walls, back blocks, and jam clocks circle the mind of the enthusiast as easily as they roll off the tongue. But do we know why our favorite players wear the numbers they wear? We asked some of the Windy City All-Stars how they picked their numbers and why they wear them. Most of the All-Stars told us that their squad numbers were “not too exciting,” but we found that more often than not, there’s an ...
An indelible force to be reckoned with, Bork Bork Bork is co-captaining one of the toughest, hardest hitting home teams this season. She’s working non-stop both for the Manic Attackers and the WCR All-Stars and manages to make time for each considering there aren’t enough hours in the day or days in a week. When it’s all said and done, though, she wants nothing more than to win back-to-back home championships and take the All-Stars to the top.
Sara Problem spent her formative years in roller derby with the Rat City Rollergirls, one of the more nationally known leagues in roller derby and a powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Problem moved from Seattle to Chicago in the second half of last year. In the mix, she not only made friends quickly at Windy City as she has throughout the derby world, but has also taken up the captain's role of the Second Wind travel team while becoming a local in her own right.
Sheeka Strickland stopped by the last Windy City Rollers bout to talk with Sara Problem and a few fellow skaters about what exactly draws them to roller derby. Watch her video, and then come to the UIC Pavilion this Friday at 6 p.m. to check it out for yourself! Get your tickets while they last!