Killin'da Track, #28

Name: Killin'da Track
Number: 28
Age: 20

What is your skating position?

Where did you grow up?
Irvine, CA

What do you do for a living?
I'm a biological sciences major and graphic design minor at Chapman University.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Between derby and studying I don't have a lot of free time for others hobbies. However, I create some of the flyers and other promotional material for OCRD. I also sew baby blankets for less fortunate families and I'm learning how to sew stuffed animals.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I was into horseback riding from 2nd-4th grade and then hip hop dancing from 4th-6th grade.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I broke my ankle at my very first roller derby practice. I had to have surgery to install a plate and then another surgery 6 months later to take the plate back out.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
My mom threatened that if I didn't pick an extracurricular she would pick one for me. Later I remembered watching Whip It several months back and looked into roller derby. I found OCRD online and the rest is history.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since March 2011, so 5+ years.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
While I was out with my broken ankle, the other junior skaters started suggesting names that they had come up with for me. One of them suggested "Killin'da Track" because it incorporated my legal name, Linda, and sounded badass. For my number I knew I wanted a two digit number because it would look more professional on a jersey. I went with 28 because, honestly, I have really bad handwriting and those are the numbers that I can write the neatest.

Do you have a signature move?
When I jam I'll juke by extending my torso one way while my hips go where I actually want to go. My teammates say it looks like my body is going in two different directions!

What was the easiest move for you to learn?  What was the hardest?
Learning to skate in a straight line was the easiest. Transitions or cross overs were probably the hardest.

What is your favorite derby event during the year?

What is your favorite derby story so far?
My favorite derby moment was when I played for Pulp Friction against ACDG's Road Ragers on 8/16/2014. We had a comfortable lead through the first half but then in the second half ACDG started playing their more advanced skaters and started racking up points really quick. By the last jam the score was OC 109 - AC 100 and I had to jam against their best jammer. I was so exhausted and only made one scoring pass while the other jammer called off the jam in the middle of her third scoring pass. The refs had their final huddle and awarded the points from that jam. OCRD won by 2 points! 113-111. We all screamed and half the team started crying because it was like the only game we had won all season. I was so proud of myself for squeaking in those 2 points and I was so proud of my team for doing such an amazing job. It was also my last bout with my derby wife before she moved, so it felt great to win our last bout together. This is my favorite bout that I have ever played in!

What do you wish you’d known about derby before you joined?
I wish I had known how much of my life it would consume. Obviously school comes first and sometimes I have to take a break from derby to focus on studying. But most of my free time (and money) goes to derby. And I'm totally cool with that!

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
It definitely whipped my butt into shape and gave me so much self confidence. I used to be so shy around people and insecure about my body but derby has changed all of that.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Just do it! It's honestly the best decision I've ever made. I met one of my best friends through derby and I love hanging out with all my teammates. It's also my favorite way to exercise. I find going to the gym very boring, so being able to hang out with friends and work up a sweat is amazing.