MADRID—When Clara Colome´s small business failed in Spain´s grinding recession, she picked up the pieces with a little help from her friends, "Pandemonium" and "Hell on Wheels." Those are the nicknames of her teammates on the Black Thunders Derby Dames, a local roller derby team that is part of a global boom in the full-contact skating sport. Ms. Colome, who skates as "Heidi Maiden," says that roller derby lifted her out of the doldrums by giving her renewed self-confidence as well as a sense of camaraderie. But what Ms. Colome really needed in a recent exhibition bout against the camouflage-wearing
I always got a kick out of the skater that, after taking an elbow to the face or body from a passing opponent, would skate precariously off balance on one foot with arms flailing before crashing to the floor. She always got back up to pulverize her attacker.
In Cincinnati, Oh there is a team, and they have a pretty good crowd when they skate.
They also skate for no-pay! The only pay anyone gets on the team is the travel expenses are paid when they are on the road. Even the coaches and trainers are all donating their time. The ticket costs covers the arena rental and the travel.
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Growing up, our Sat. night high point was watching the Roller Derby. The men´s and women´s teams both. Not only strength and speed but strategy and team unity were needed to win. Those ?females? must have come from Chi Land. They were tough old birds. Loved that broadcast. Wrestling, not so much Felt Laverne and Shirley would have been great roller derby players.
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