In Association with Rollerskates.com Jim Fitzpatrick (athlete) of San Francisco, California, sits down with interviewer Carol Sloan to give a detailed account of his lifetime involved in the sport of Roller Derby. From playing forms of the sport to being featured in commercials and being an innovative coach, Jim is the ARSD (American Roller Skating Derby) trainer and the General Manager of the San Francisco Bay Bombers. Roller skating's contact sport involving a banked track of roller skaters rack up points and create mayhem for spectators of all ages.
This is the Real deal from the man with decades of knowledge of Derby culture and information all the way from the depression 1930's to present day. Skaters featured in this episode from Ma Bo' Gash. Make sure to check out the section of Roller Derby skates on Rollerskates.com after the video.
Recently, (Sept 12, 2009), his team, the San Francisco Bay Bombers won the 2008-2009 ARSD Championships at the Cow Palace and also pushed for and eventually gained a broadcast on KOFY TV 20 which was a highly viewed highest rated show that day.
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The real star of the film, which opens on Oct. 2, may be the sport of roller derby. Based on Shauna Cross's novel "Derby Girl" and her personal experiences as a derby skater for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Ms. Cross's screenplay called for its protagonist -nicknamed "Babe Ruthless" -to scrimmage while skating around an angled track, among other physical challenges.
First popularized around the time of the Great Depression, female roller derby has evolved since its inception. Its most current version, which places an emphasis on genuine athleticism over fake stunts and hits, has roots in Austin, Tex. and migrated to big cities like Los Angeles, where Ms. Cross picked it up and skated under the name "Maggie Mayhem."
Ms. Page (the star of the quirky 2007 comedy "Juno") trained for three months prior to production, first on her own with Alex Cohen, a radio host who also skates with the L.A. Derby Dolls, under the moniker "Axles of Evil," and then as part of a cast-wide boot camp. As a Canadian, the actress grew up on ice skates, but still needed to learn how to maneuver on four-wheeled quad skates, master the art of falling, and, for a climactic moment, jump over a huddle of girls collapsed on the track. In line with Ms. Barrymore's insistence that no hidden wires or secret pulleys be used, she ended up doing about, in her estimation, 99 percent of her own skating and stunts.
Ms. Cohen, who also helped co-stars Kristen Wiig, Eve and Juliette Lewis find their footing for the movie's athletic sequences, says she began her skate training with the basics, such as the correct way to put on an elbow pad. "A lot of the preparation is not necessarily intuitive," she says.
Luckily, most of the cast survived accident-free, if not completely bruise-free. "A lot of skating is about confidence, and not getting freaked out," Ms. Cohen says. "Nobody wants permanent liver damage."
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