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Skater name: Fifi Nomenon
Skater number: 108
Position: Jammer, Blocker
Year started playing with TXRG: 2013
Other league info: LADD from 2010-11, ACDG in 2012
Birthday: March 18th
What is your most impressive derby injury?
I want to say the sweet black eye that my teammate gave me in a scrimmage. Or maybe the bruise on my temple where my derby wife accidentally punched me during a different scrimmage. But I think my favorite is when I got hit super hard in a game. The opposing blocker dislocated my jaw and sent me to the ground where I separated my shoulder. That was a brutal game.
I enjoy drawing and painting, reading and writing, running, cooking, and telling my dogs they are adopted.
Other sports you have played?
In high school I ran Cross Country and the hurdles in Track and Field. I have been a skier my whole life and my dad taught me to play tennis. And that’s about it. I am absolutely terrible at pretty much everything else.
What’s your most embarrassing derby moment?
Every single time I hit my own player or call off the jam at the wrongest time ever.
How did you get into derby?
I started skating March of 2010. One of the local leagues offered fitness classes where you learned how to skate and play. From the first one I was hooked.
What are you most thankful for in your life?
Wonderful friends, a supportive family, a job I love, my health (may it last), and the smiles that all these things bring. Oh, and roller derby!!!! And maybe my dogs, the little jerks.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
I made a list and continuously added new ideas to it. I think I got up to about 80 possibilities. I went through a few double sound names, like Didi, Mimi, and Fifi. I really like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and I must have been listening to the song Phenomena, because that’s the first thing I thought when I said Fifi.
How has roller derby impacted your life?
It is hard to say exactly what my life would be right now had I never found roller derby. Probably it would be much the same as it had been the 30 some years previous. But this sport changed everything. I have found a new confidence in my body and a love of athleticism. I have made some of the best friends I could ever ask for. I have found a new kind of home. And one day I’ll be able to look back and say that there was this wonderful time and I was a part of it.
First thing you do after a derby bout:
Smile like a psycho, hug everyone to within an inch of their life, and find the coldest beer in the land. Then there is dancing.
Would you like to brag about your skates?
YES! I have a beautiful pair of custom black Riedell 1065 Redlines with red details and white stars on the sides, Powerdyne Reactor plates, and Radar Bullet wheels.
You play several positions, which one is your favorite & why?
I can honestly say that I love playing all positions in derby because they are all challenging. Getting
through as a jammer is thrilling, but holding a jammer back as a blocker gives you a sense of strength and accomplishment.
Most memorable experience you’ve had with a fan:
My favorite fan is this little girl in Los Angeles named Sawa. She is the daughter of a skater at ACDG. She showed up to every game with “Fifi” on one cheek and “Shanks” on the other, even if our team wasn’t playing. I got to sit and watch a game with her once and she’s so into it the whole game was even better to watch. The best thing and most bittersweet time ever was when I left LA she drew me the sweetest card. If anyone asks, I skate for Sawa.