Name: Sly Fieri
What do you do for the league?
I am currently working with Molly Cannon to revive the Buddy program within OCRD.
What is your skating position?
I am a blocker. I prefer to play middle or inside. Currently working on bracing as well.
Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Orange, CA.
I attended San Francisco State for a year after high school but ended up back in Orange.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Nutrition Assistant at Hoag Hospital. I really enjoy working with the patients. I do my best to brighten their day and make them feel special because no one wants to be in the hospital.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
I love to cook, dance to really good music, go thrifting, hang out with friends, skate at the park/rink, grocery shop, craft, eat great food, drink good beer, and try new coffee spots.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played soccer from the time I was 5 until I was 12.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
I used to skate on quads at Holiday Skate Center for fundraisers/birthday parties and played street hockey on inline skates with friends in an alley growing up.
What is a fun fact about you?
My first job was at Chuck E. Cheese and yes, I did wear the costume.
Sandwiches. All kinds. Ooh, and bagels. All kinds of bagels.
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Telekinesis or teleportation
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I would not have found roller derby if it wasn't for my derby wife, Ri (Rah Rah). She was curious about joining and convinced me to go with her to an orientation. It's been history ever since.
How long have you been involved with derby?
I started with OCRD last March, almost a year and a half ago.
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I chose Sly Fieri after the one and only Guy Fieri, Mayor of Flavortown.
Diners, Drive Ins and Dives has been a guilty pleasure of mine forever and the name came to me one day while I was watching it at the gym. I love food and I'm a fire sign so it's perfect.
What's the meaning behind your number?
I chose 77 as an homage to a dear friend that passed away, Rodrigo Salinas. It has been a lucky number for me. It also happens to be Loren Mutch's number, one of my biggest derby idols.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
A few weeks ago I attended a training with Loren Mutch and Licker N Split from Rose City Rollers. We scrimmaged and Mutch coached my team. It was the last jam and she looked at me and offered me the star. I don't usually jam but I couldn't very well turn down the star when Loren Mutch was the one handing it to me. I'd like to think I made her proud.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby has changed my life in so many ways. This sport has challenged me, motivated me, and humbled me more than I ever thought possible. It has also brought an almost overwhelming amount of love, support, teamwork, and community. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful and amazing people that roller derby has brought into my life.
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Stick with it. We all started where you're at right now. Celebrate each personal victory no matter how small and don't beat yourself up too much. Work hard, keep a positive mindset, and always give your very best. Listen when others tell you that you're doing well and take note of any feedback to improve. Watch footage and ask questions. It will help you understand a little better. Most of all, remember to have fun!