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Published on August 29th, 2011 | by DerbyLife


Meet Team USA: Suzy Hotrod

Name: Suzy Hotrod

League Affiliation: Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Years Skating: Joined roller derby in May 2004. Pre-2004: “brown skate” wearing wall clinger at birthday parties.

DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?
SH: Grade school track and basketball. Quit sports after freshman year of high school. Blessed with good genetics and an iron will.

Why did you want to be on Team USA?
SH: It is the biggest-scale event in the history of the “new” roller derby. Its the highest honor a skater could earn to represent their entire country.

DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it?
SH: My face aches from smiling every day. I think I have new wrinkles.

DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?
SH: Bonnie Thunders, Donna Matrix, Fisti Cuffs, and Sexy Slaydie (and the rest of my Gotham Girls league!) are the reasons I even know how to skate. Without what we have I would not be the person I am today. They push me daily more than anyone I watch from afar.

DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?
SH: I hope you find the same love I have.

To support Team USA, you can make a contribution to their travel fund at Traveler’s Joy.

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