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Published on October 5th, 2011 | by DerbyLife


Meet Team USA: ‘Snot Rocket Science

Jennifer Gaskins/’snot rocket science

League Affiliation

Steel City Derby Demons

Years Skating

I’ve been skating since I was 6ish, but played about 5 years of derby.

DL: What was your previous athletic background, if any?
Competitive figure roller skating. I played tons of soccer and a bit of volleyball and tennis in there too.

DL: Why did you want to be on Team USA?
To experience the next level.

I started this season with the end goal of being the best derby skater I could be this year. It took me half the season to realize it was an amazing and foolish goal. There’s no stopping point for being the best player you can be. The announcement of a World Cup reignited my drive to push it further. Seeing a chance to play in something so big with the best of the best turned into my goal/dream. I can’t remember the last time I wanted something so much.

DL: How did you feel when you found out you had made it?
Elated, relieved, and anxious. I couldn’t figure out whether I should be calling my mother, getting drunk, working out, downing a healthy shake or trying to sleep.

DL: Which skater inspires you most, and why?
The skater that pushes me. It’s been different people over the years. Right now, it’s fellow Steel Hurtin jammer, Mean Burrito. She’s progressed into an amazing player this year. She has no fear through the pack and reminds me every practice to skate that way.

DL: Do you have any advice for skaters just starting out?
I just took a survey asking me to rate my priorities in derby. With options such as competition, money, and travel, the “fun” option came out as my number one. I had to look at it for a second because I think I had forgotten about it for a brief time. Have fun with your roller derby experience, whatever it turns out to be. Training, growing your league, growing as a player, traveling, and spending all your money. Go hard and have fun.

Oh, and for those of you really just starting out, play with the looseness of your trucks and figure out if your toe stops are too high or too low. Figuring these two things out for yourself will make your next months a whole lot easier!

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