This Saturday the Cincinnati Rollergirl season kicks off at the Cincinnati Gardens when 2010 WFTDA Championship qualifier Nashville rolls into town. The last time Cincinnati took to the track was back in September at North Central Regionals, a half year has passed by since we have had some Cincinnati derby action, so to wet the collective palate we continue our series on skater profiles with #38 of the Silent Lambs, Pistolwhippin’ Wendy.
Thadd: Tell us about your roller derby name, how did you come up with it?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: My rollerderby name was given to me, by my former team, Black-N-Bluegrass. When I started, my team mates said I was “quite a pistol”! So, I went with it, and “Pistolwhippin’ Wendy” became official.
Thadd: How long have you been playing for CRG? Is this your first league?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: I have been playing with CRG for three seasons now!! I have been playing derby, since 2007. I wanted to play with a talented, hard-working team, so I made the move to CRG.
Thadd: What is your position while playing, and how do *you* approach it?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: My position changes greatly, based on where my coaches think I’ll do the greater good. I jam, pivot, and block. I try to approach each position, with the knowledge that my coaches have instilled in me. “kill, kill, kill!” ;)
Thadd: What was it that drew you to rollerderby?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: What drew me to rollerderby?? I have always loved skating, since I was nine-years-old! I had never really discovered a sport, that would let me use those skills, until now. I love the skating skill required, but also, just the intense work-out! It is one of the hardest sports, I think, that you can do… besides hockey, and football.
Thadd: The first time you played in front of a crowd, what was that like?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: Well, the first time I played in front of a crowd, at The Cincinnati Gardens, was quite different, than a skating rink venue. I was extremely nervous skating at The Gardens! I can’t even imagine what a visiting team feels like, coming into our home venue, with our amazing derby fans!!! It is intimidating!!! I love it!!!
Thadd: Who are a couple of skaters on CRG who you would *not* want to have to skate against?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: I have a deep admiration for all of my derby sisters, who come out and bust their butts, three times a week!!! You have to love this sport, and be dedicated!! Saying that, skating against any of these lovely ladies, would be a challenge. I would definitely be intimidated, if I was a visiting jammer, rounding the bend, and saw Trauma, Sk8 [Crime], and [Sk8r] Kinney, waiting for me.
Thadd: After home bouts, the team invites their fans to the floor for a meet, and greet. Whats that like?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: I love the meet-n-greets, after the games! I especially love all the kids!! It makes it all worth it, to know that a couple little girls out there, might be the next derby diva!!
Thadd: What are you most looking forward to this season?
Pistolwhippin’ Wendy: I am so excited for this season to start!! I am definitely looking forward to Windy City, on our turf!! Bring it ladies!! ;) The whole season is going to be great!! I love skating at The Gardens, with all of the best derby sisters, a girl could ask for, AND get!!!
No doubt that Wendy is excited for this season to get underway, and you will not want to miss any of the action. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster, or from any Cincinnati Rollergirl or even can be purchased the day of the event at the Gardens. Come out and see Pistolwhippin’ Wendy and her teammates tear it up on Satuday and send Nashville back to Music City with a big L added to their record.
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