Team USA Announces 28-Skater Roster

Team USA Announces 28-Skater Roster Tracy Akers, Denver Roller Dolls. Akers was a key blocker on the notorious Denver defense that surprised their way to a 3rd place finish at the 2009 WFTDA Nationals. Photo credit: Joe Rollerfan

UPDATE 8/6/2011: Tournament organizer Black Dahlia clarifies that the competitive roster will be 20 skaters, not 28: “The U.S. has a roster of 20 for the actual Cup, just like all the other teams. But there is going to be a U.S. vs. U.S. game on Thursday night to kick off the weekend, and in order to make two teams of 14, they are picking eight extra players who will be taking part in that bout only, not in the Cup. The 28 who were announced represent the total. Rosters are due on September 1st, so the actual Cup team will be set then.”

On Thursday night, the managers of Team USA announced the 28 skaters that will make up the all-star team that will represent the U.S. in the first ever Roller Derby World Cup. The event, to be held in Toronto from December 1 to 4, is currently scheduled to include 12 other teams from nations that are assembling teams for the event: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.

As coaches and selectors Buster Cheatin’ and Bonnie D. Stroir alluded to in interviews during the tryout process, a glance at the roster shows that versatility was a key factor in selections; the overwhelming majority of the 28 skaters are well-known as standout jammers on their teams but are fully capable of devastatingly effective play in the pack. Nearly half (12, to be exact) have played on a WFTDA-championship-winning team (2008′s Gotham, 2009′s Oly or 2010′s Rocky Mountain); 20 of the 28 have played in a WFTDA championship tournament.

Amanda Jamitinya (Rocky Mountain)
Atomatrix (Oly)
Bonnie Thunders (Gotham)
Claire D. Way (Boston)
DeRanged (Rocky Mountain)
Donna Matrix (Gotham)
Fisti Cuffs (Gotham)
Frida Beater (Rocky Mountain)
Joy Collision (Charm City)
Juke Boxx (Minnesota)
Juska (Denver)
Little A (Tampa Bay)
Medusa (Minnesota)
Psycho Babble (Rocky Mountain)
Sassy (Oly)
Sexy Slaydie (Gotham)
Shenita Stretcher (Philly)
Smarty Pants (Texas)
Snot Rocket Science (Steel City)
Soulfearic Acid (Rose City)
Suzy Hotrod (Gotham)
Tannibal Lector (Oly)
Teflon Donna (Philly)
Tracy Akers (Denver)
Urkin Jerkin (Rocky Mountain)
V Diva (Dutchland)
Varla Vendetta (Windy City)
White Flight (Rose City)

Six alternates have also been announced: Jamsterella of Fort Myers, Stella Italiana of Oly / Des Moines, Racer McChaseher of Detroit, Addy Rawl from Queen City, Wildberry Punch from Madison and Carmen Getsome from Rat City.

For more background on the individual skaters, check out the photo gallery above; for a detailed backstory on the genesis of the World Cup and the tryout process for this year’s Team USA, check out our April piece on the event, or see DNN’s archived video from the final tryout.

DNN will be providing full live coverage of this historic event – stay tuned for more details as other teams around the world come together!