For the past three years, Denver has been home to the Denver Roller Dolls, a female roller derby team. I found out about it from a flyer posted somewhere on Capitol Hill.
This isn’t your grandma’s roller derby. Unlike the fake, sensationalistic game you may remember, roller derby is a sport to be reckoned with. The hard hits and fast skating are as real as the hard concrete Coliseum floor, torn knee ligaments, concussions, whiplash, shoulder injuries, and bruises abound.
I went roller skating in junior high school—that and the McDonald’s were the cool hangouts in my south Kansas City neighborhood—but I never even learned to skate backward. Roller derby would definitely be a sport for me to watch, not play.
With names like “Bad Apples” and “Green Barrettes,” how could they go wrong?