What's the most important trait for your position? It is hard to pick a specific trait that makes a strong and effective jammer. Because the jammer is the only point scorer on the track, there is always a lot of pressure in a very short period of time. I think it's important to not only be strong physically, but you have to be strong mentally as well. Learn the game, read your opponents fast and trust your teammates. My roller derby skills most compare to (choose an athlete in another sport) ... Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. Though I usually like to compare roller derby to football and a jammer to a running back. However, Rose and I have similar style. We are both quick-footed but explode with power when the time is right. I can't jump quite as high as he can, but then again I am on skates. Wiping out in the middle of a bout is like ... Freezing in time. When your opponent gets a big hit on you, it feels like time stops and everything moves in slow motion. I have been hit so hard, I've slid into the VIP seats. When that happens, the slow motion turns into a sense of urgency. Get up, get through the pack and score points. What's the biggest misconception about roller derby? The biggest misconception of modern roller derby is That it is fake, staged, and too theatrical. This is absolutely not true. There are no elbows, punching or cat fights. There are big hits though as roller derby is a highly competitive, full-contact sport. It is being played around the world and gaining popularity everywhere. The greatest thing is that it can be played by anyone at any age. What's your favorite sports movie? "Friday Night Lights." I am a bigger fan of the television show that ran from 2006-2011. It is a very inspirational and relatable show. I still watch scenes to get pumped up before a bout. "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't lose!!"
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