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“Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem”
– Lauryn Hill’s momma
Skater name: Ruby Wring (or just Ruby!)
Skater number: 52
Position: Pivot, Blocker
Years played: Since 2007 – Texas Rollergirls
2005 – 2007 – Alamo City Rollergirls
Birthday: 24 September
Likes: Cupcakes! Chocolates! Cheese! Queso!
Dislikes: Passive Aggressiveness. Whining. Cheating. Large bodies of water.
Who is your favorite band/musician/group? Michael Jackson will always top my charts. If you wanna make me happy on the track or dance it up at the after party, play Salt N Pepa’s “Push It”. It’s not just my favorite song; it’s my anthem.
What is your most impressive derby injury? No athletic injury is anything to brag about. I’m lucky to say that I’ve never sustained anything too serious or out of the ordinary.
What is your drink of choice at your favorite bar? Water! But if you have a Malibu and Coke handy . . . I’m not picky.
Hobbies? I enjoy Scrabble and other classic board games, boot scootin’ (aka “dancing”), piggy-back ride racing, eating good queso, and using exclamation points! You can also find me at the parks catching some sunshine with my dogs.
Other sports you have played? Does marching band count? I had a pretty awesome doubles partner back in the day (Fender Bender) for tennis. Nowadays, I have a bad habit of challenging random people to table tennis games that I know I can’t win.
What’s your most embarrassing derby moment? Even though I skate bouts in denim shorts, I usually skate in jeans at practices. My knowledge about stretch denim is much more advanced these days after a few learning experiences.
How did you get into derby? I started skating in 2005 in San Antonio, TX with the Alamo City Rollergirls. Fender Bender (FeBe) saw a recruitment flyer and we did some research online and immediately knew we needed to be involved. The only small barrier was that we couldn’t skate . The first six months were rough and I pretty sure I spent more time on the floor than I did on my skates. And after I could stay on my skates, stopping and slowing down was another issue altogether. I have a lot more control now. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m thankful for the patient coaches that helped me contain my footwork in the beginning: Paloma Negra and Trouble, I’m looking at you.
How did you pick your derby name? I’m pretty sure my mom actually came up with this one, although I’m not entirely sure. All of the other apparently original and totally amazing names I came up with were “taken” on the registry. And although the registry is just a courtesy, I decided to choose something “not taken”.
Which one of your tattoos is your favorite – what is it and why? This derby girl doesn’t have any tattoos. What was that? Yes, we do exist.
What’s your favorite moment with derby people? Skiing with Crash N Burnadette, Shay Manyu, Tonya Hurting, Saba Taj, and Ziv at Dust Devil 2006 in Tucson!