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Skater name: Olivia Shootin’ John
Skater number: 03
Position: Up for anything!
Year you started playing for TXRG: Fall 2006
Years played elsewhere: none-Texas, born and raised!
Birthday: February 8
Occupation? Martial status? Are you a mom?
When I am not skating or teaching high school, I love going on adventures in Austin with my family. I have two amazing kiddos and a really supportive partner.
I’ve been biking for years, but it is more of a lifestyle. Our family went car-free in 2003. I also love swimming and lounging pool side which luckily is pretty much a year-round activity here in Austin.
Other sports you have played?
Soccer and high school cross country. One of my training joys this season has been beating my old times for the two-mile race.
How did you get into derby?
One of my girlfriends that I played soccer with told me she was trying out for roller derby and I came along in a wing-woman type role. She had unfortunately just sprained her ankle and didn’t end up skating, but I made the league. I had no idea what I just joined.
Tom’s cooking! Tonight was soup, tomorrow morning pancakes, and before Sunday speed class there will be cinnamon rolls. I am the luckiest derby lady around, just saying…
Favorite roller derby players? Who inspires you?
My team mates, no one pushes me to be better or work harder than my team. I love training with them.
What are you most thankful for in your life?
My family. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have them in my life. Truly the best part of living.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
It is really subtle shout out to physics, Olivia N John is the grand daughter of Max Born.
I also considered Belle Curve (so my number could be 3 sigma), but with Belle Starr and Curvette that was kind of out of the question.
How has roller derby impacted your life?
It has been huge. I’ve seen a lot more of the US and even got to take my daughter on an awesome derby-and-biking adventure to Australia. I love being an athlete and want to train even more to step it up.
What’s the hardest part of being a rollergirl?
Fitting it all in. Life is great! Awesome family, derby, great kids at school! I just need to cram all that goodness into my days.
Would you like to brag about your skates?
Yes! I love my skates. I was so worried about breaking in new skates, but the Antiks were perfect straight out of the box. I just wish I had more colors to match all my uniforms.