Denver Roller Dolls finish fourth at WFTDA championships, Gotham Girls take title

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Denver Roller Dolls
The Mile High Club made it to the consolation round at the 2013 WFTDA championships.
The weekend was full of disappointment for both of Denver's roller-derby leagues competing at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Roller Derby International Championships in Milwaukee. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club was eliminated in the first round on Friday, losing out to Los Angeles' Angel City Derby Girls 198-228 and missing the opportunity to go head-to-head in Round 2 against the Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club.

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Denver Roller Dolls, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls to clash at WFTDA championships

Categories: Roller Derby

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Both of Denver's premier roller derby leagues will be competing at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Roller Derby International Championships this weekend in Milwaukee, hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers at the U.S. Cellular Arena, and odds are they'll have to skate against each other in round two on Saturday. Expect things to get rowdy at the local watch party at Tracks, where they'll be showing the tournament bouts on Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with a mix of fans and players from both the Denver Roller Dolls and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in the crowd. Planning your own watch party? The live webcast will be available at WFTDA.tv with a $20 weekend pass.

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Denver Roller Dolls to send five skaters to Team USA for 2014 Roller Derby World Cup

Categories: Roller Derby

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Colorado roller derby fans will have plenty to cheer about when the Roller Derby World Cup rolls into Dallas in December 2014: Team USA announced on Tuesday that five skaters from the Denver Roller Dolls will be among the 32 skaters on the roster.

"I'm shocked," says Julie "Angela Death" Adams, a jammer for the Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club who made the cut after tryouts in Seattle in August. "It's a tremendous honor to be a part of such a talented team of skaters representing our country on the world stage, and I'm really proud of my fellow Mile High Club teammates who made the team. None of us would be the skaters we are today without all of the members of the team pushing us to be better."

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Denver Roller Dolls and the 1STBANK Center to part ways because of declining attendance

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Kyle Huninghake
A 1STBANK Center bout from 2013.
The Denver Roller Dolls have had a big year in 2013 -- the league's all-star Mile High Club won the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Division 1 Playoffs earlier this month and is headed to the WFTDA Championships next month in Wisconsin as a top-seeded team -- but the Dolls' home team championships on October 12 will be the league's final bout at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, closing out a four-year contract with AEG Live.

Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, says that despite the league's success and the explosive growth of roller derby in Colorado, it hasn't translated to increased attendance at the 1STBANK Center. The closest he came to selling out the venue was when the Denver Roller Dolls hosted the WFTDA Championships in 2011, and Morris says the numbers have been going down, not up, ever since.

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Roller derby: See cover girl Dr. Bang Bang in action on Saturday at the 1STBANK Center

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This week's cover story, "Paging Doctor Bang Bang," recounts the medical adventures of Denver Roller Dolls skater Kimmy Kimmy Bang Bang, a foot-and-ankle surgeon known professionally as Dr. Kim Wilms. The 32-year-old is the league's unofficial in-house doctor, assisting skaters with the sprains and bruises that come with playing the fast-paced contact sport. Over the past two years, she's also operated on several skaters' broken ankles. (For gruesome photos of said injuries, check our Latest Word blog.)

To see Dr. Bang Bang in action, look no further than the 1STBANK Center on Saturday.

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The Amazing Race's roller derby moms compete against each other tomorrow

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Dave Wood, courtesy Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
Westword Best of Denver winner Fiona Grapple jams for the RMRG Sugar Kill Gang.
Beth "Fiona Grapple" Bandimere and Mona "Triple Shot Misto" -- the roller derby moms of The Amazing Race fame -- are teammates on both the CBS reality TV series (still hanging in there as of this writing) and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club traveling squad, but they'll be rivals tomorrow when RMRG's intra-league teams Sugar Kill Gang and United States Pummeling Service go head-to-head at The Fillmore.

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- Best of Denver 2013: Best Roller Derby Name - Fiona Grapple
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Month of Photography: Dave Wood's The Art of Roller Derby

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David Wood Photography
The Oly Rollers at the Fillmore.
Photographer Dave Wood's new show, The Art of Roller Derby, coincides with the city-wide Month of Photography celebration and also kicks off a new monthly artist showcase series at Herman's Hideaway. Wood has been photographing roller derby for the last three years, and will be featuring a selection of his black-and-white images -- made into large prints on aluminum sheets -- when the show opens on Sunday, March 3.

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- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race
- Denver's eleven best roller derby nicknames

- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls at the Fillmore

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Denver Roller Dolls' new Orange Crushers to sport Broncos colors

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The Denver Roller Dolls rolled out a familiar color scheme for a new home team this week
The Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league expanded this week with the addition of a new local squad, bringing the home team total to five: the Orange Crushers will be joining DRD's Bad Apples, Green Barrettes, Shotgun Betties, and Electrocuties (the 2012 DRD Home Team champions) for the 2013 season. But the ongoing explosion of growth in the Denver derby scene isn't the only news here: sports fans will also notice the tribute to a certain other Denver team when the Orange Crushers debut at the March 23 season opener at the 1STBANK Center.

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Photos: Doom Daisies take on Red Ridin' Hoods at Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' season opener

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All photos by Christopher Morgan.
If we referred to "the weekend's most exciting sports event," we couldn't blame you for assuming we meant the Super Bowl. But we've got another entry in that category: the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 2013 season opener. On Saturday, the Doom Daisies took on the Red Ridin' Hoods at the Fillmore Auditorium, and Westword photographer Christopher Morgan stopped by to capture the scenes. Keep reading for a few highlights, and visit our full slide show for more.

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Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race

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"Roller Derby Moms" Mona Hinman-Egender and Beth Bandimere will compete on The Amazing Race.
CBS confirmed today that two stars of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club will be among the contestants for the $1 million prize on the 22nd season of The Amazing Race, premiering February 17. While local roller-derby fans know them best by their noms de derby, Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple, CBS is introducing the skaters (aka Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere) to the world with the reality TV shorthand, "Roller Derby Moms."

"We each have three children, so we're sort of not your traditional roller-derby girls," Bandimere explains in the team introduction video released today. "I'm sure they were looking for tatted-up, pierced... and they got us."

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- Denver's eleven best roller derby nicknames
- Our roller girls can beat up your roller girls: Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, national champs
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