This week Karmageddon and Minerva Damage gave thanks for bruises and beer in the Huffington Post, the Bleacher Report prepared for the Roller Derby World Cup with some derby basics, and Gapers Block reported from the high-stakes Backed Track Chicago Invitational.
With Thanksgiving now upon us, HuffPost Chicago wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to some of our favorite Chicagoans and find out some of the things they are giving thanks for this holiday.
Karmageddon, Windy City Roller All-Star: I am thankful for my chiropractor who puts me back together after every bout at the UIC Pavilion, and for roller derby, which allows me to eat an entire pie in 2 days without guilt! Thanksgiving, here I come!
Minerva Damage, Windy City Roller Hell's Belles: I am thankful for all my teammates who would not hesitate to knock the snot out of me on the track, and then hug me afterwards over some beers.
For die-hard derby fans, it's no surprise that after a decade of progress, North America's fastest-growing sport has taken an international stage. Newer sports fans are being converted daily, as many think now is the perfect time for a World Cup, especially given the success of other action sports events like the X Games.
While the Windy City Rollers and their colleagues in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association charge for tickets to see their events, the reality is that none of the competitors actually makes any money. The ticket sales and sponsorships go toward funding the operations of the teams, but derby folks compete for the love of the sport, not for money. However, last weekend's Chicago Invitational brought not only banked track derby to town, but also cash money for the teams that fared the best in the two-day tournament at the Odeum Expo Center.