Radnarök, #11


Name: Radnarök
Number: 11
Age: 25

What is your skating position?
Jammer. Aspiring blocker.

Where did you grow up?
All over Orange County, I’ve lived in a few cities. Predominately Santa Ana and Orange.

What do you do for a living?
I’m an associate manager at a movie theater.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I’ve come to find a new happy place at the skate park. Dabblin’ at hooping, for the time being.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
Soccer as a wee lass. I went to junior/high school, and college for acting (a mental, physical sport in itself) so I had a lot of different movement classes in the mix. My favorites were tap dance, and circus class (the Spanish web was terrifying and fun!).

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I mean, I definitely owned those Skechers roller skates as a kid. Experience? Technically, yes....more like stumbling on wheels, maybe?

What's your pump up song?
Immigration Song by Led Zeppelin coupled with Search and Destroy by The Stooges. Dynamite combo.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’ve held Lady GaGa’s hand.

Favorite food?
All the tacos!

If you had a secret power, what would it be?

Who is your derby crush?
Easily Satan’s Little Helper. I even got a chance to tell her that a few weeks ago. Tehe.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
On a whim, honestly. I had been vaguely interested and gave it a shot. Luckily that “shot” led me to one of my newest passions.

How long have you been involved with derby?
Since February 2017.

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours? What's the meaning behind your number?
Ragnarök means “Doom of the Gods” in old Norse. In Norse mythology, it is the destruction of the cosmos; much like our idea of the apocalypse. However, it is also the subsequent re-creation. A cycle of death and rebirth. I think the whole concept is kickass and a great reflection of derby; the constant cycle of destruction through battle, followed by the end of the jam and the rebirth; a chance to rebuild it all and kick ass all over again. Couple Ragnarök with ‘radical’ and you got my name, and all I strive to be! I had a few names in mind, but the ultimate decision was made after receiving input from my amazing league. (Thanks, y’all!)

I’ve attributed a lot of meaning to my number; mainly 11 being a number of justice. It’s also the name of the hero from Stranger Things, season 1. And lastly, when I am on the track, my goal is to always “turn it up to eleven” (1000 points for knowing that reference).

What was the easiest move for you to learn? What was the hardest?
It all seemed hard in the beginning. Crossovers and tomahawks seemed to come more easily. T-stops and transitions were so scary for me! But now I frickin’ love them both.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, but a cherished moment I had was when I was voted Rookie of the Year by my league mates. I put in so much time and effort and it meant so much to know that it was being reflected on the track.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I’ve started to love my body because it allows me to play derby; that’s been the biggest gift. I’ve become so much more empowered and self-aware. And now I have so many beautiful people in my life because of it. Have I mentioned how much I love roller derby? ALL THE LOVE!

What one piece of gear would you recommend?
Oh dear goodness, please wear all the gear. I would recommend never skimping on good gear. You can replace a knee pad much more readily than a knee.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about joining derby?
Do it! Try it. Come in with tough skin and be ready to work. It’s not easy, no, but the effort with never be in vain.