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Thursday, March 18, 2004

The Past Might Hit Vegas, Leaving Bruises

Vegas has seen itself rewinding to the good 'ole days, and the women of the city are leading this charge. First with the formation of the Sin City Grind Kittens (Las Vegas Burlesque MSN group) work is now starting on the city's first rollerderby team. With the team just forming, the Nevada Roller Derby website promises more info in the future, but currently offers a forum and a contact email address. Vegas does not have a banked track, the usual style of track for rollerderby matches, so team spokesperson and Loud Pipes bassist Roxie says that the team will be practicing and playing on a flat track for the time being.

Rollerderby has already found a home in the desert, with Phoenix hosting an all-girls team, the Arizona Rollerderby, and L.A. is home to The Los Angeles Derby Dolls. Texas is also home to a collection of teams: Texas Rollergirls League has four teams, The Hell Marys, The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, The Hotrod Honeys, and The Hustlers. Also, the Lonestar Rollergirls have three teams on their site as well. There is already some talk posted on the Nevada Roller Derby Forum from the L.A. Derby Dolls wishing success with the team.

Additionally, the Vegas team looks to be advised by retired rollerderby skater Loretta Behrens. Loretta "Little Iodine" Behrens has a site of her own, dedicated to her time on the track, and she has posted a lengthy and educational forum entry on the Nevada Rollerderby site on preparing for rollerderby competition. Check out Banked Track Memories to see Loretta's rollerderby card.

To see the full impact of the game on its players, check out the amazing and painful injuries page from Arizona Rollerderby.

And finally, damn you, Jarret Keene for popping out your article first, even though this was weeks of work. Okay, hissy fit is over.

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