doctor death #10
PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA LEE, (RUTH SLAUGHTER GINSBURG)
Lots of Roller Rink Limbo when I was a kid, but for Derby: January 2017
Primary Skating Position
Derby name and number
All I knew in choosing a derby name, was that it needed to represent an alter-ego for me, a newer, stronger, more sturdy version of me. I came to derby with a lot of changes in my life and what felt like a lot of weight on my shoulders, so I wanted to go with the idea of Death. Ancient lore and mythology represent death as a part of the cyclic nature of life and a chance to start over, begin again. I liked that. The Doctor part came later as a natural mesh of my derby and professional life. But really, there’s nothing quite like walking into a room of strong athletes and being applauded as “DEATH!!” to give you a renewed sense of badassery. The number 10 is a part of the medical code for “instantaneous death”, so it was something to aim for on the track.
Off the Track
I have two daughters under 6 who keep my heart beating, two German Shepherds that keep me on my toes and familiar with my vacuum, and 3 rescue cats just to mix it up a bit... and I teach and do research as as a soil microbiologist. So, focus on the track saves me from overthinking too much. I've also never encountered a group of women as encouraging and supportive that really care about each other so much in my life; it's been the best thing for me in ages.
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” - Bob Marley