Featured Skater: Chrome Menace
It is not very often that you meet someone that goes out of their way to encourage you without even knowing you. I know that over all these blog posts, I have mentioned that the entire team will make you feel like a superstar, even when you aren’t feeling very super starry: well, Chrome especially. One of Chrome’s most admirable qualities is the fact that she went out of her way with helping many of us fresh meat from the very beginning.
There was no question that if you were having a crap day, or a tough night at practice and wanted to throw in the proverbial towel, she would pick you up and take the time to guide you through the rough patch. There were many things I personally struggled with during practice that Chrome truly pushed me to achieve. There were nights I made it to practice five minutes late with baby food stuck in my hair and only one knee pad, and then I wanted to leave crying because I was not picking up a skill, but rather than letting me throw a pity party, Chrome boosted me up. I am forever grateful for those moments. I started to see a pattern, Chrome was just like that with anybody that needed it. Through tough love and positive encouragement, Chrome truly showed many of us what the derby family and life was all about.
She spends several hours a week on her skates, during practice with Two Rivers and as a coach of a junior team, the 4-H Barnyard Bruisers. She does such an amazing job with all of the kids on the team. Chrome offered all us Two Rivers skaters time to practice with her and the junior team to help us out and get more time on our skates. She is a talented, strong skater that packs a punch and knows how to bake like a beast. One perk of being on our team is getting delicious and amazing snacks from Chrome! Her cupcakes and chocolate-covered bacon are huge sellers at all our home bouts.
Industrial machine operator.
How long have you been playing derby?
Derby name and number, and the significance behind them?
Chrome Menace, #72. Chrome is a play on my love of Harleys [motorcycles] and “Menace”, well is just me. 72 is my daughters birthday backwards: when I joined in 2010, someone already had number 27.
Can you explain a little about what a derby wife is, and who your wife is and why?
A derby wife is someone that has your back, on and off the track. My derby wife is Caitlyn Langer, or Dolly Voodoo, we just clicked. Dolly is an amazing woman, mother. She’s a kick ass derby player, teammate, coach, and an amazing friend.
What are you biggest challenges as a derby skater/player?
Hardest skill to learn for you?
Hockey stops, still haven’t figured them out.
Easiest and or favorite skill?
Turn around toe stops.
You are coach for junior derby, the 4-H Barnyard Bruisers out of New Jersey. How did that come about?
Another member of my original derby team, the [now-defunct] Skyland Roller Girls, started the 4-H club and asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, and so it went from there. We started with four kids and are currently at fourteen.
To all the potential fresh meat reading this: Why join Two Rivers?
Because the friendships you make will be amazing.
What did derby do for you?
Derby gave me confidence, and helped me in my weight loss journey.
What do you wish to pass on, as a vet[eran skater], to rookies and fresh meat?
Don’t take too much personally: this is a highly aggressive/hands-on and passionate sport.
We don’t know how she does it sometimes, with family, work, derby, and junior derby, but she does. We love having Chrome as part of our amazing team.