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After eight long years of service in stripes, the Windy City Rollers are losing their highly esteemed Senior Referee, Dr. Vroom, to retirement and something called "real life." Although we are saddened to see her go and not sure what do with ourselves in her absence, we wanted to share our favorite memories of Vroom in a WCR-style farewell.
Just more than a month ago, the Windy City All-Stars booked their ticket to the WFTDA international roller derby championships for the eighth season in a row. Days later, Team USA Roller Derby announced its final selection of more than two dozen top players from around the country. Among the picking for the 2014 World Cup was none other than Chicago's own double-threat, Jackie Daniels. Just before Jackie and the team hit the road for the start of the WFTDA Championships, we caught up with the self-proclaimed workhorse to get ...
"I never thought it would be nine years."
Athena DeCrime shakes her head slightly and smiles. She's talking about the length of her career with the Windy City Rollers -- a career that will soon be over. She played her last home bout with the WCR All-Stars on Oct. 19 (a 240-127 win over the Detroit Derby Girls) and will skate in her final WFTDA Championship this weekend in Milwaukee.
Last month Sandrine Rangeon announced that she had made the decision to join the Windy City Rollers after a short stint coaching and traveling abroad.
As a former member of the Denver Roller Dolls, Sandrine was awarded MVP Jammer in the 2012 WFTDA Championships, in which her team took home the bronze medal. She also played for Team France in the first roller derby World Cup in Toronto in 2011, helping her country to a good first campaign while also taking home the Team France MVP award.
Sandrine has also played ice ...
Legal Tenderizer came to the Windy City Rollers last year, and after being drafted by the Hell’s Belles, made an immediate splash as a starter and as one of the Belles’ best pure defensive players. This weekend she will resume play with the Second Wind against the Minnesota RollerGirls B Team, and told us a little about her first year and playing for both teams.
Join us for a recruitment meeting at Brisku's Bistro, located at 4100 N. Kedzie Ave. on Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. for an info session. WCR officials are a vital part of an amazing community. From skating referees to non-skating officials, each position within the officiating crew is important and valued. A tight-knit family, WCR officiating prides itself on being one of the best crews in roller derby and on supporting one another and our league. Learn new skills, challenge yourself and make lifelong friends!
One thing you'll notice about the Second Wind's player Abita! Down is that she almost always has a smile on her face. Especially on skates, and she's even smiling when she hits her opponents. Tomorrow starts Day One of Golden Bowl III, where the Second Wind will take on the Tri-City Thunder just before 2pm. We caught up with Abita! to talk about being the WCR 2012 Rookie of the Year and playing the roles of captain, coach, and teammate.
Breaking new! The pre-Golden Bowl III Black & White Scrimmages at UIC Pavilion are now FREE!
All prior registration payments will be refunded. Come skate for free and have fun!
We have three great options:
Saturday, July 20 - Women only. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, July 21 - Co-Ed. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday Scrimmage package
The scrimmage will be limited to 70 skaters per day. There are still plenty of slots left!
WFTDA insurance required to skate.
You must be 18 years or older.
Your scrimmage registration does not include admittance to ...
Wondering who that new jammer is wracking up points for the Windy City Rollers All-Stars? Meet KillaNois. She transferred from Angel City, but with that derby name and number (#312) it was obviously meant to be for her to have Chicago stars on her uniform. She'll be playing just for you this weekend at the Golden Bowl III. Tickets are still available!
Before Monica Lewhipsky and her team, the Second Wind, faces the Tri-City Thunder at this weekend's Golden Bowl III, we sat down with the presidential favorite to talk about her derby career before the Windy City Rollers, her derby name, and what she fills her off-skates time with.
You've rounded out your first year at Windy City Rollers and are rockin' it out on the Second Wind! Tell us a bit about the transition from Aurora 88s to WCR - what it's like to come to a new league with already having derby ...