Roller Derby Profile – Evil Olive
the Toxic Shocks (an Atlanta home team) and the Rumble Bs (Atlanta’s B travel team)
Analyst for the federal government
How long have you been skating?
About two years
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I honestly don’t remember exactly why. I was looking for something fun and exciting to do outside of work I was terrified of becoming one of those people for whom their job is their whole life and derby came into my view. After the first workshop, I never looked back.
How often do you practice?
I go to practice as often as I can while still preserving my joints and my sanity usually 4 times a week.
What Elbow Pads do you use?
Right now I have 187 elbow pads but they’re kinda bulky…I still haven’t met the right elbow pad.
What Knee Pads do you use?
Rector Fat Boys
What Helmet do you use?
What skates do you use?
I’m currently skating on Vanilla season 2 speed skates in baby blue. I love them to death, but they’re nearing the end of their life, so I recently ordered a pair of Bont boots to try. I hope they serve me as well as my Vanillas did.
What were your first pair of skates?
My first pair of skates were the Rock GT50s. For some reason, I tend to be rougher than average on my equipment, so they didnâ€™t last too long, but they still have a special place in my heart.
Where did your nick name come from?
I love wordplay, so I was thrilled when a leaguemate suggested a name that is a palindromeâ€”spelled the same way backward and forward. I also love the name Olive.
Do you have any tips to get rid of that Derby Smell?
I’ve grown fond of the derby smell I equate it with hard work and improvement. I usually wash my pads when they get real gnarly, but mostly I just try to let them dry out a bit after practice.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
Roller derby is an amazing release from my otherwise buttoned-down and staid daily life. The vigorous exercise and the joy that comes from playing a team sport has made me a happier and more balanced person. It’s also helped me to learn to appreciate my own physical abilities and strength.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Work hard! Not everyone is a natural athlete or derby skater, and the only way to keep up with those who are is to really push yourself at every practice. When I came in, I was among the weakest in my fresh meat cohort, but I busted my ass and kept at it, and I’ve improved a lot.
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