Legal Knievel

Skater name: Legal Knievel
Skater number: 1693
Position: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot
Year started with TXRG: 2014

Height: 5’11
Birthday: December 8th

Likes: Cookies (or any baked goods made by Slamdra Dee), Pizza, and Feminism
Dislikes: Yoga, Negativity, Laziness, Cold Weather

Occupation: Legal Knievel, Esq.,  Attorney at Law

How/why did you pick your derby name? When I picked my name I had been skating for a few months and was preparing to move to Austin to attend UT Law. I wanted to pick something that incorporated my future occupation but still sounded tough. So, I settled on Legal Knievel. I thought it was especially fitting because trying roller derby forced me outside my comfort zone. Taking on a very aggressive contact sport was certainly a leap of faith, but I’ve gotten so much out of it that I would make the same choice again in a heartbeat.

What skates do you wear?: Antik boots on Sure-Grip Avenger Magnesium plates! I’m overdue for new skates, but will probably get the same setup. Upgrading from my starter skates to my Antiks enabled me to move quicker, cut harder, and be a little sturdier on my feet because I no longer had to worry about my skates being unresponsive to my feet and ankles. My Avenger plates ares light as a feather and I absolutely love them.

What’s your favorite way to work out off-skates? I’m a big fan of group exercise. I particularly enjoy Zumba. My personal trainer encouraged me to run every morning, so most days I do some jogging and sprinting to get my metabolism working and get the day started. Working out off skates is a must for me, mostly because of my affinity for junk food.

The best piece of derby advice you’ve ever been given… When I first started skating, a derby mentor from my old league, River City Rollergirls , told me to always say what I’m seeing on the track. Not only did it help increase my awareness, but also it helps teammates know what’s going on, so even when I wasn’t experienced enough to personally react to what was happening on the track, by vocalizing what was going on teammates usually could. Now Excelling at communication is an easy way to make oneself an invaluable player.

The best piece of derby advice you’d like to give someone new… See above.

Who is your derby idol? Why? I have so many, but pretty much all of them are my teammates and current or former leaguemates that have personally helped me grow into the skater I am today. I have received so many helpful tips and so much encouragement from so many wonderful skaters. I am especially grateful for my Hotrod Honeys that have put so much faith in me and my skills even when I doubted myself. They inspire me to be better every day!

What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl? The hardest part is balancing roller derby with other normal life activities. Roller derby makes scheduling time to spend with non-derby friends or significant others as well as having any other hobbies very difficult. However, in exchange I get to spend time with a positive, encouraging, uplifting, strong group of women who inspire me to get my butt to practice even when I come home feeling drained from work.

What are you most thankful for in your life?  The list is endless but includes: the friends I’ve made through derby (especially my ride or die girl squad), the ability to play a sport that I love, having a loving significant other who encourages me to stick with derby and push myself to be better, a job that is fulfilling, living in a beautiful city where there are constantly new things to explore, a loving family, cheap rent, my sweet dog and cat, the existence of cookies and pizza, the ability to travel regularly, etc. I could go on and on! I’m very thankful for my life and everyone in it!

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