ACHTUNG: This article may be a little gushy.
Mystery Violence Theatre, or Vi as we call her, is only starting her second season in 2013. She began in the summer of 2011, and debuted against the Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens in October 2011. Vi is one of those skaters who you watch and you just know that she’s making Gotham’s squad when she tries next year. You know she is going to be a monster in the derby world.
Vi came to Harrisburg Area Roller Derby without any roller skating experience. At all. Ever. Not even when she was 6. She clung onto the walls. She was quiet and focused. Some people did not even take notice that she was there, medium stature with a couple piercings and some ink. Some people wrote her off as “another alternative girl who thought it would be cool, but will quit when she finds out it is work”.
I always remember our ref, Ted Nuisance, talking about Vi. Very early on (when she was just off of the wall) he told me to watch out for her. He had a feeling she was going to excel. He was more than right.
When Vi discovered the hard work of roller derby, it drove her. After only a few short weeks, she was gaining speed and bruising team mates. She started going to the gym. She started skating whenever she could. She started opening up around us and a lot of people took a lot of notice.
We all couldn’t help but notice her determination and her ability to bounce up from the floor like she was Weeble-Wobble. The girl may get knocked around, but she is back on her skates quicker than anyone I’ve ever met. Through the last year, her agility and ability has exceeded some veterans. She can break walls that other team mates cannot; she can work around hits by far more experienced skaters. She is always learning, always looking around her, always speeding up and always up for a challenge.
The fans noticed her this year too. Not only was she voted into the top 14 of the All Stars, but she also received the third most votes for Most Valuable Player. She’s definitely making an impression.
Team mate Dawn of Valhalla says of Vi:
“Vi is a fierce competitor, who never shies away from a challenge. She is exuberantly addicted to this sport and will be one to watch in the future as her skills improve with experience. As we certified together, we often pushed each other to try new skills and challenged each other to friendly races at practices. The competition helped us both reach certification faster and with a stronger skill set.”
Trixie Twelve Gauge, who skated with Vi in 2012:
“I think part of what makes her a great skater is she’s realistic on what she needs to work on and what she doesn’t. She doesn’t think she’s the greatest skater ever but is always striving to improve. She has great confidence too. I think knowing that you’re an asset and then actually being an asset to your team is something she does well. There is nothing wrong with being a bit arrogant as long as you have the stuff to back it up.”
Mystery Violence will be back on the track in 2013 in a deeper shade of green, having transferred to the Garden State Rollergirls. Keep an eye out for the small artist with the star. She’s about to juke right by you.
Thank you to the photogs who contributed to this article:
Dave Wood Photography
Sports Photography by George Ross
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