What is your skating position?
Pivot for OC; C (outside line) back home in Colorado
Where did you grow up?
What do you do for a living?
I’m a sourcer for Sphero, a robotics company that makes the BB-8 droids.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Playing videogames, CS:GO specifically, and hanging out with my wife at Disneyland.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Before derby I played Esports (competitive video games), golf, and skateboarding.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a sponsored video game player so I get to make money playing CS:GO!
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I had wanted to do derby for years. When I first wanted to join, I was too young, and then for a long time I just didn’t have time and I sort of lost interest. Then my best friend (now called Speedlejuice) asked my wife (now called Lezlie Grope) if she wanted to join our local league. So the three of us went to new recruit night and we have been sucked into the wonderful world of roller derby ever since.
How long have you been involved with derby?
One year and two months.
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I was at a bar with my friends and we were talking about what our derby names would be when we earned them. In our old league, you didn’t pick a derby name until you got WFTDA certified. Lez came up with the name Glittoris and I knew it was my destiny. I love names that are inappropriate!
Do you have a signature move?
My signature move is catching the jammer on my chest and leading her to the line to shoulder pop her out.
What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
The easiest to learn was one footed plow stops, while the hardest was transitions and backwards skating. I still get nervous when I have to go from facing forward to facing backward. Ironically, I usually play pivot/brace in this league which is played entirely backwards.
What is your favorite derby event during the year?
Roller Con! It hasn’t happened yet but I can’t wait to see and skate with all my friends back home.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite derby story so far is about my derby wife. My old league, BCB, had a Bridezillas themed scrimmage which was brides vs bridesmaids. My friend who leveled up with me, Elyse LeKraken, and I were both on the brides team so we went to the thrift store and got wedding dresses to wear in the scrimmage. Then we derbified them by cutting them up, putting our numbers on them, etc. Well now Elyse LeKraken is my derby wife and we got our wedding dresses together before we even knew we were going to be derby married. It was destiny! And now that we have these super cool wedding dresses we made together we are going to wear them together at the derby wedding at RollerCon.
What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I knew that I could actually play this sport. I remember watching it in high school and in college thinking I would never be able to do that, but look where I am now!
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Derby has changed my life in pretty much every way! I’m stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been. I’m confident and happy. The biggest impact though is I now have so many close friends. I’ve never experienced such real, close friendships in my entire life and now my life is full of them. Thank you derby!
What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Don’t be intimidated! Nobody was born playing derby. Everyone you admire on the track has been in your shoes before. You can be as good as anyone you have ever seen.