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Making a name for themselves

April 21, 2013

By Josh Moniz Journal Staff Writer NEW ULM – The Goosetown Roller Girls can easily be billed as the ultimate “locals makes good” organization....

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Cooper

Apr-24-13 11:54 AM

I am really excited to see the supportive comments on this now. Yes, our sport is different, but does that really make it bad? I don't think so. Who cares if some of us are plus size, what about all of the other "big" athletes that have great careers? Look at the linemen in football, the power hitters in baseball or many of the centers in basketball? Many of them would be considered over weight. I am proud of my curves, I am PROUD to be a derby girl & I enjoy every second of it. If you are still down on the sport, please come watch, or even come to practice. We will show you just how hard we work. Those of you who think we dress like girls on the corner, please come put on a pair of skates at practice and then tell me what you would wear. Those of you that are interested, we would LOVE to have you on the team, size 2 not required!

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greenie

Apr-23-13 9:45 PM

Not only is roller derby a bonefied sport (full contact nonetheless), it is a sport played in dozens of countries worldwide. There are national & international rankings, regional & national tournaments and a Team USA; in fact, roller derby is in consideration for the 2020 olympics. Penalty box, referees, stats, regularly scheduled practices, strength training...hmm, kinda sounding like a sport.

Bonus! For this sport you can express your individual self, via your name, outfit, persona! Cool. Then you add What?! community service, an exciting addition to our local community & even tourism--there was a couple last weekend that left the cities for a getaway & decided to come to New Ulm because of derby!

Derby girls are mothers, sisters, professionals, entreprenuers--diverse people--bringing something exciting to this area!

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crystalballz

Apr-23-13 9:16 PM

Wow! I have been apart of the this team since day one. I could not skate very well to start to be honest but I busted my butt, pushed myself to be where I am now. Journal I think you guys are awesome and thanks for putting us in the sports section because we deserve it but you could please talk more about the actual bout. We are a FULL CONTACT SPORT, we do deserve the sports section. Everything is real nothin is fake. As for the fat comments grow up! I'm a big girl but have never been so proud of it because of roller Derby. I am in the best shape I've ever been, at the same time. Honestly I would never wanna be size 2, I'm a size 16 and*****proud of it!

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crystalballz

Apr-23-13 8:01 PM

Wow! I have been apart of the this team since day one. I could not skate very well to start to be honest but I busted my butt, pushed myself to be where I am now. Journal I think you guys are awesome and thanks for putting us in the sports section because we deserve it but you could please talk more about the actual bout. We are a FULL CONTACT SPORT, we do deserve the sports section. Everything is real nothin is fake. As for the fat comments grow up! I'm a big girl but have never been so proud of it because of roller Derby. I am in the best shape I've ever been, at the same time. Honestly I would never wanna be size 2, I'm a size 16 and*****proud of it!

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yep123

Apr-23-13 5:59 PM

It belongs in the lifestyle section.

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Cooper

Apr-23-13 4:55 PM

wow, it makes me sad to see how confused this town is about Roller Derby. We work our tails off. As for the outfits, you can't wear bulky clothing to do it. If you don't like it, don't watch. It takes alot to be able to do what we do. For those of you who think it is fake, you are sadly mistaken. I took a hit that ended my skating career and required surgery. As far as I am concerned, yeah, thats real. I love that the team is all different sizes and shapes, if they weren't, it wouldn't be as fun to watch or play. We DO belong on the sports page just as much as any other.

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catmanchack

Apr-23-13 3:22 PM

I made an account just so I can comment on this. I'm even using my real name as I don't see the need to hide behind a fake one.

I never said that there were people who couldn't pass their physical exams. If you'd like to find out more about the assessments, please go to the WFTDA website and read up on them. *******wftda****/resources/wftda-minimum-skill-requirements.pdf

If you'd like to come try it, we'd love to have you. The 27 in 5 is really fun, I hear.

I'm sad to think that instead of celebrating variations in sizes and looks people would say such hurtful things. Each skater brings something unique to the track and has their own skill set. It has nothing to do with size.

I would also invite you to use a search engine to research roller derby. Find out how long it's been around, find out about outfits, find out about skills. It has changed, progressed, and evolved since it started in the late 1880s. Just as every other sport has.

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JReader

Apr-23-13 2:43 PM

Nobody can ever try something new in this town without somebody else critizing it. That's one of the main reasons this town is dying out.

Ladies, you go out and roll and have fun. Don't let any of these jerks stop you. Continue to be positive role models for our community. Lord knows we can use a few more based on the comments on this board.

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KariRose

Apr-23-13 2:29 PM

Yes, maybe these girls should skate for 3-4 hours wearing sweats because that would totally make sense.Then you would only have to worry about these girls passing out from heat exhaustion and dehydration...or worse. Are you kidding me? You seem to know an awful lot about how prostitutes look so maybe you've had some experiences in that area. In case you haven't noticed there is a theme for every derby.I would also like to know how many of you exercise on a regular basis and are an 'acceptable' size? How many of you do regular volunteer work? I'm guessing not many. For those of you slamming on the girls for their size and clothing choices, I really hope you are not parents yourself because I would fear for your child/ren's self esteem.

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svensota

Apr-23-13 11:52 AM

So, it comes down to apparel, huh?

Ever seen some of those golf get-ups?

Perhaps a few Baltic types in Speed-O outfits at the beach?

Maybe the biker gear (motor or pedal) you see out and about?

Make no mistake, our roller ladies a leading edge fashionistas.

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yep123

Apr-23-13 7:57 AM

You are not going o be taken seriously wearing those outfits. Looks like someone off the corner. You would think that the derby girls would have a little more self respect. I don't care about weight, etc. I just think you are not helping your cause by drawing attention with the distasteful outfits. Maybe you would rather be viewed as somewhat of a circus as opposed to an actual sport?

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middleclassworker

Apr-23-13 1:11 AM

I think it is great that these girls are going out and having fun, and maybe even "being kids" again. Everybody should let loose once in a while.

My comment was more of a tongue-and-cheek insult to golf than anything.

Shame on anyone who makes fat jokes or whatever. These people did nothing to you to deserve your derogatory remarks.

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Sarahmorphena

Apr-23-13 12:32 AM

"Along with that, the sport emphasizes giving back to the community. Each bout dedicates proceeds of the ticket to a charity of their choice. Each team member individually volunteers a certain number of hours each month around the community.

Manchack equally emphasized how seriously team members supported each other and show dedication to the sport."

i think THAT is the part of the article that should be being focused on....and i don't see anywhere in the article where they say they are either "feminists" nor do i see anywhere that says the reason the other team members haven't yet been certified is do to their health....as a matter of fact i know one of the ladies that is trying out for the team and she is pretty petite and healthy.....and one of the members of the roller girls is also a police officer (i would hope she would pass your fitness exam) just saying.

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KariRose

Apr-23-13 12:32 AM

I am absolutely disgusted by the comments I have seen where the derby girls are being judged, picked on, and bullied for their sizes! This is appalling behavior and hate speech. And, it is coming from 'adults' no less! These girls are doing amazing things for themselves, each other, and the community. I would LOVE to see those of you showing disdain out there on the rink!If you have a problem with their outfits and size, don't watch. Also, feminism is NOT about clothing.I bet none of you would have the guts to step up to any one of these girls and tell them to their faces what you've written here. So what if some girls aren't a size 2? At least they are doing something!! I seem to recall some of these 'bigger girls' getting a lot of points as well. I myself am a big girl and I would love to be a part of the derby. It would be a great way to meet open minded people and new friends, get more involved in the community, and get even more exercise. Then you can just hate on me.

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Sarahmorphena

Apr-23-13 12:26 AM

i agree that eating disorders go both ways, don't get me wrong but the comments about them being overweight are NOT necessary and it sure as*****doesn't help overweight people by being jerks about it! i've dealt with comments like that my whole life and believe me it doesn't make me say "hey you know you're right i'm not gonna eat any ice cream tonight because you called me "fat" and it is so supportive of you to say so" no, comments like those make me wanna skip the dish and eat right out of the carton.....all my life i've heard people say mean things maybe if i was encouraged in a more positive way i would have stuck to a diet long enough to lose the weight.....and when you are a kid those things stick with you your entire life, no matter how strong you may appear to be, it eats away at you on the inside. i'm not trying to whine about it, i'm trying to make "bullies" see the light before it's too late.

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HEYNOW

Apr-22-13 10:44 PM

Just remember eating disorders go both ways. If your a plus size girl or a really thin girl. These heavier set girls are trying to loss weight, I hope. Heavy set women have temptations as well. It could be an extra piece of cake, a donut, a Mountain Dew or anything sugar actually. Any who, the Heart of New Ulm can help them. They'll feel better about themselves physically and mentally and won't get picked on. Support these women in their effort to lose those pounds.

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Sarahmorphena

Apr-22-13 9:47 PM

eating disorders, and things like that. School shootings and what have you. THINK B4 U TYPE!

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Sarahmorphena

Apr-22-13 9:45 PM

really ridiculous of you people to be bashing these women who work really hard to bring something new and interesting to this town. a group of women who are willing to devote their time to increasing the self esteem of so many kids who think that they can't be in a sport because they aren't "perfect". a group of women who accept you as you are and take you in as family. a group of women who are willing to take in people that have probably been bullied all their lives because of close minded jerks that think women have to be a size 2 to be someone in life....wake up and grow up! do you really think it's necessary to belittle people like that? are you still in grade school? YOU are the reason that bullies do what they do....YOU make it seem like the "cool" thing to do, like it makes you a "hero" to be a jerk! YOU are the reason that there are so many kids that are hurting, so many kids that escape into drug/alcohol use, or self harm....suicides and eating d

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svensota

Apr-21-13 11:42 PM

"Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for landing at New Ulm International Airport. Please bring your seats forward, stow your table in the upright position, and set your watches back... fifty years."

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yep123

Apr-21-13 10:05 PM

Let's hope the junior high team does not have to wear those hideous outfits. Wearing skimpy stuff like that and then calling themselves feminists? Haha.

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yep123

Apr-21-13 10:02 PM

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oteron

Apr-21-13 3:51 PM

For all the names on here that blather on continuously as if they are knowledgeable, there sure is a great deal of ignorance. These girls practice many hours a week, (one girl went out in an ambulance in mankato, and two others had injuries last night, and have to pass hours of training before they can participate, donate to charity, spend a certain number of hours in community service each month...and more. You might want to come and watch before you rush to make stupid comments!

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thatguy

Apr-21-13 3:49 PM

Ignorant fools!! Those women work there butts off for a good cause and it not fake. Go to a bout and see.

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middleclassworker

Apr-21-13 10:24 AM

Who'd of thunk that all those old roller skates would have been put back to use!

Eagles, go ahead and tell these girls that they don't belong on the sports page. I think they would kick your butt :)

If golf can be on the page, I suppose anything can...LOL!

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LegalBeagle

Apr-21-13 9:50 AM

It's like professional wrestling, only not as real.

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