Team USA Announces 28-Skater Roster
Tracy Akers, Denver Roller Dolls. Akers was a key blocker on the notorious Denver defense that surprised their way to a 3rd place finish at the 2009 WFTDA Nationals. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Amanda Jamitinya, Rocky Mountain. A longtime veteran who started her career with Albuquerque, NM's Duke City Derby, AJ transferred to Rocky Mountain in 2010 and ended up being pivotal in RMRG's 1-point championship win over Oly that year. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Atomatrix, Oly Rollers. A speed skating champion and the owner of Atom Wheels, Atomatrix was the heart of Oly's sudden rise from obscurity to prominence in 2009, winning the DNN Readers' Choice for Most Valuable Player and leading the team to what became the longest undefeated streak in WFTDA history at 22 games. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Bonnie Thunders, Gotham. One of the -- if not the most -- nimble-footed jammers in the sport, Bonnie is well known for her ability to find a way through a defensive wall with or without any offensive help. She won the DNN Readers' Choice for Jammer of the Year in 2010. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Claire D. Way, Boston. A longtime vet and dedicated jammer, Claire's known for balletic movements to spin safely out of hits and avoid nearly certain takeouts. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
DeRanged, Rocky Mountain. After starting her derby career with Pikes Peak, DeRanged blossomed into one of the most recognizable faces in the sport when she joined RMRG in 2009 and helped get them into a WFTDA championship tournament that same year. DeRanged is also a force on the banked track, recently playing for Team Legit in their victory in the Battle on the Bank tournament. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Donna Matrix, Gotham. While Donna doesn't take the jammer star for the Gotham all-stars, she's been one of the most quietly effective and experienced blockers on a team known for completely snuffing out their opponent's offensive production. Photo credit: Scott Gaertner
Fisti Cuffs, Gotham. Fisti's experience goes all the way back to the earliest days of modern derby as a player on one of the earliest teams, Tucson; in 2007 she transferred to Gotham and has long been plying her trade as a jammer destroyer in the back of the pack. Photo credit: Jules Doyle
Frida Beater, Rocky Mountain. The small but mighty Frida has been with RMRG for over 5 years. She was at the center of possibly the most dramatic jam in modern derby history when she pulled down a 9-0 jam with no time left on the clock to get Rocky Mountain past Oly by a point in the finale of the 2010 WFTDA championship. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Suzy Hotrod, Gotham. The other half of Gotham's vicious one-two jammer punch with Bonnie Thunders, Suzy has been with Gotham since their very first game. She was voted Best Double Threat in the DNN 2010 Readers' Poll. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Joy Collision, Charm City. While she originally made her name as one of the sport's fastest jammers, Joy has expanded her game in the last few years to also become one of the sport's most brutalizing blockers, with incredible speed control and lateral movement. She took 2nd place to Suzy in the 2010 Readers' Poll for Best Double Threat. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Juke Boxx, Minnesota. Fleet-flooted Juke Boxx blew onto the derby scene for Madison in 2009 and finished in 2nd place for that year's DNN's Readers' Choice Rookie of the Year. She's since transferred to Minnesota, where she continues to be a major force with the star. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Heather Juska, Denver. Like Juke Boxx, jammer Juska made a huge impact on the derby scene in her rookie year of 2009 and was one of the primary reasons Denver was able to reach and win the 3rd place game of that year's WFTDA championship tournament. She took 3rd place herself behind Juke Boxx in DNN's Rookie of the Year polling. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Little A, Tampa Bay. Though Little A hasn't made as much of a national impact as some other names on the list due to Tampa Bay never having gone deep in the postseason, she's long been a major part of the TBDD jammer rotation, with an excellent combination of speed, sharp cuts and old-fashioned dogged toughness. Photo credit: Christopher M Weeks
Medusa, Minnesota. After starting her derby career with cross-town team North Star, Medusa transferred to Minnesota in 2011 and has been a big part of the reason that Minnesota has opened up a 7-1 season this year. Photo credit: Greg Mellang
Psychobabble, Rocky Mountain. Along with sister DeRanged, Psycho helped Rocky Mountain go from also-ran West league to WFTDA champions in just 15 months. Psycho won Most Valuable Blocker in DNN's 2010 poll. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Sassy, Oly. Sassy is a dedicated blocker for Oly and is one of the best positional blockers in the sport, taking 3rd place in the 2010 DNN Reader's Poll for Most Valuable Blocker. Photo credit: Masonite Burn
Shenita Stretcher, Philly. With strength, speed and the ability to stop on a dime, Shenita is one of the toughest jammers to take down in the sport and has agility that belies her size; like most other skaters on the team, she can also easily transition into a blocker role. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Sexy Slaydie, Gotham. A recent transfer to Gotham from Nashville, the immensely intimidating Slaydie towers over most of the players in an average pack and is able to lay absolutely devastating hits.
Smarty Pants, Texas. A longtime banked track skater and coach, Smarty Pants recently jumped over to the flat track to play with Texas and has quickly -- and effectively -- applied her versatility to the modern game. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Snot Rocket Science, Steel City. Primarily used as a jammer, SRS has built a reputation among Steel City opponents for being one of the sport's standouts on effective jammer-on-jammer defense, very unlikely to lose a lock on an opponent in a one-on-one situation. Photo credit: Gil Leora
SoulFearic Acid, Rose City. Acid's speed and agility -- combined with Rose City's strength at traps in powerjam situations -- make Acid one of Rose City's biggest threats to suddenly drop a huge lopsided jam. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Tannibal Lector, Oly. Along with Team USA teammates Atomatrix and Sassy, Tannibal forms the core of the Oly team. Though an excellent jammer in her own right, her ability to nearly instantly stop upon forcing an opponent out of bounds literally revolutionized derby defense, as she was one of the first to illustrate how effectively blockers could control jammers using the cutting track rules. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Teflon Donna, Philly. Ice-cool Teflon Donna is a very longtime veteran of the sport, starting with Carolina back in 2004 before going up to Philly in 2007. She was part of an extremely dramatic moment in the 2009 Eastern Region championship, winning a full-length last jam to propel Philly past powerhouse Gotham. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
Urrk'n Jerk'n as Booty Blockya, Rocky Mountain. Like Amanda Jamitinya, Urrk'n was a 2010 transfer to Rocky Mountain that got them to the finish line just one point ahead of Oly. She instantly made her mark with a stunning jam at that year's Western Regionals, immortalized in a YouTube clip that became one of the sport's iconic highlights. Photo credit: Jules Doyle
Varla Vendetta, Windy City. WCR's longtime veteran is one of the smallest players on the team but shines with effective lateral defensive play and is a nightmare to stop with the jammer star, using her size to her advantage to give opponents very little legal area to contact. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan
V Diva, Dutchland. As the only member of the team whose league hasn't participated in a WFTDA regional or national tournament, V Diva is the least known quantity to most derby observers but will certainly get a high-profile coming-out party come December.
White Flight, Rose City. White Flight matches a running-back frame to a sprinter's speed, making her a very difficult jammer to slow down -- bouncing off or missing entirely is a common outcome from attempted blocks. Photo credit: Masonite Burn
UPDATE 8/6/2011: Tournament organizer Black Dahlia clarifies that the competitive roster will be 20 skaters, not 28: "The U.S. has a roster of 20 for the actual Cup, just like all the other teams. But there is going to be a U.S. vs. U.S. game on Thursday night to kick off the weekend, and in order to make two teams of 14, they are picking eight extra players who will be taking part in that bout only, not in the Cup. The 28 who were announced represent the total. Rosters are due on September 1st, so the actual Cup team will be set then."
On Thursday night, the managers of Team USA announced the 28 skaters that will make up the all-star team that will represent the U.S. in the first ever Roller Derby World Cup. The event, to be held in Toronto from December 1 to 4, is currently scheduled to include 12 other teams from nations that are assembling teams for the event: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.
As coaches and selectors Buster Cheatin' and Bonnie D. Stroir alluded to in interviews during the tryout process, a glance at the roster shows that versatility was a key factor in selections; the overwhelming majority of the 28 skaters are well-known as standout jammers on their teams but are fully capable of devastatingly effective play in the pack. Nearly half (12, to be exact) have played on a WFTDA-championship-winning team (2008's Gotham, 2009's Oly or 2010's Rocky Mountain); 20 of the 28 have played in a WFTDA championship tournament.
Amanda Jamitinya (Rocky Mountain)
Bonnie Thunders (Gotham)
Claire D. Way (Boston)
DeRanged (Rocky Mountain)
Donna Matrix (Gotham)
Fisti Cuffs (Gotham)
Frida Beater (Rocky Mountain)
Joy Collision (Charm City)
Juke Boxx (Minnesota)
Little A (Tampa Bay)
Psycho Babble (Rocky Mountain)
Sexy Slaydie (Gotham)
Shenita Stretcher (Philly)
Smarty Pants (Texas)
Snot Rocket Science (Steel City)
Soulfearic Acid (Rose City)
Suzy Hotrod (Gotham)
Tannibal Lector (Oly)
Teflon Donna (Philly)
Tracy Akers (Denver)
Urkin Jerkin (Rocky Mountain)
V Diva (Dutchland)
Varla Vendetta (Windy City)
White Flight (Rose City)
Six alternates have also been announced: Jamsterella of Fort Myers, Stella Italiana of Oly / Des Moines, Racer McChaseher of Detroit, Addy Rawl from Queen City, Wildberry Punch from Madison and Carmen Getsome from Rat City.
For more background on the individual skaters, check out the photo gallery above; for a detailed backstory on the genesis of the World Cup and the tryout process for this year's Team USA, check out our April piece on the event, or see DNN's archived video from the final tryout.
DNN will be providing full live coverage of this historic event - stay tuned for more details as other teams around the world come together!