The sport of roller derby was blessed the day 2012 Oregon Roller Derby’s Most Valuable Player Scald Eagle decided to hang up her ice hockey skates to give quad skates a try. The Rose City Rollers’ jammer skated on quads for the very first time in July of 2010. By September of 2011, she was already winning prestigious roller derby honors. That month, she was named the MVP of WFTDA’s Western Regional Play-Offs. She was also named last year’s Northwest Roller Derby MVP and DNN’s Rookie of the Year.
Scald Eagle is a great ambassador for the sport. She has a great attitude and doesn’t let the glitz and glamour of being a high-profile skater compromise her morals. Her positive attitude and integrity make her a natural role model for the juniors and adult skaters alike. This is why she is a much sought after trainer.
One of my favorite moments of 2012 was traveling up to Portland to cover the Rose City versus Windy City bout in April. Rose City was down by 17 going into the final jam. Scald Eagle wore the star for Rose City. And when Windy City jammer Jackie Daniels picked up her fourth minor, Scald Eagle proceeded to tally a 20-0 power jam to give Rose City the victory. I was able to interview her immediately after the bout, and she was humble as always and ecstatic to have won such a close game.
The next time I saw Scald Eagle play was at Western Regionals: her first game back after suffering a spiral-fractured fibula in a June bout against Gotham Girls. Among the people I talked to, there was a lot of concern that she was returning too quickly to too high of a level of play. But, by the end of the weekend, it was clear Scald Eagle was back! And, a few weeks ago, she was looking as dominant as ever. Her home team Guns N Rollers beat Rat City’s Derby Liberation Front. Scald Eagle scored 68 of their 99 points and picked up lead on all eight of her jams.
For this article, Scald Eagle was happy to answer a few questions for me. Here is our interview:
What do you like most about roller derby?
Scald Eagle: Firstly, it’s fun and makes me happy! The community is incredible! Derby has brought more exceptional people into my life than I ever would have met otherwise, and the world travels, both as a skater and as a coach, have been phenomenal experiences as well. I love my teams, and I love this game.
What did you enjoy most about the 2012 season?
Well, 2012 was definitely a trial for me: what with that whole “spirally-fractured fibula, had to get surgery, four-inch plate, seven screws, ten weeks to heal and get back to shape for Western Regionals” bit, but other than that, it was a great year! LOL! (Rose City’s travel team) Wheels of Justice (WoJ) was so solid this season. I was super proud to be a part of it! And, on a personal level, I’ll never forget those last minutes of the WoJ versus Windy City game at the beginning of our season. Good times!
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
Last year, WoJ experienced major blocker turnover. This year we are experiencing major jammer turnover. Though I will miss SoulFearic Acid and White Flight dearly, I am super excited to see who will get to fill those spots! We’ll have some awesome new talent coming up to stiffen our blocker regiment as well. I can’t wait!
Anything else you would like to add?
I want to take this opportunity to thank French Tickler, Natalie Hasan, Scrappy Go Lucky, Untamed Shrew, Minstrel Psycho, Scratcher in the Eye, SoulFearic Acid, Havana Goodtime, Beki Safar, Scarlene, and all of the Rose City travel team for being instrumental in my recovery process last summer. I never would have made it back in time for Regionals, physically or mentally, without you guys. Thank you so much, and I love you all!
For more on Scald Eagle, check out her interview with the WFTDA and this funny video.
What others had to say about Scald Eagle:
“Scald Eagle’s year was somewhat stunted, but she was still an impact jammer for Rose City when she was able to play. She has a stunning combination of speed and power that not many skaters around the derby world have. When she is on the jammer line, the Wheels of Justice suddenly become ten times better.“ -Elwood Bruise
“Scald Eagle is powerful, agile, and personable. She came off the injured list and had a strong showing against the Oly Rollers. She’s fun to watch, and she wins you over with her playful sportsmanship.” –Sailor Cherry
“Scald Eagle sets the standard for jammers. Her persistence pushes the pack apart. She is nearly unstoppable.” –Bettispoet
“Scald Eagle is so fun to watch as she powers through with great defensive jamming and footwork. Her smile is always there as she uses her fancy footwork to dance and step right around blockers.” – Screamin Meanie
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