One of our most veteran skaters, Crimson Ghost gits 'er done! She's our Bout Director, organizer of all things, and is a jammer (& blocker!) with the Moonshine Maidens. It is no surprise that she would be our June hero!
AB: Congrats to you on your well-deserved June DGotM title! CG: Thank you very much, kinda blushed a lil bit.
AB: As our current Bout Director in Bootleg City, you just pulled off an extremely successful double header season opener. Can you share some insight on pulling off such a major endeavour? CG: Delegate! I actually didn't do much beyond sending messages to lots of amazing people. We have a great group at BCRD, that's HUGE.
AB: This season, after 3 years of blocking, you have started jamming. Game one down, can you explain how this changes the game for you now? CG: It's very different, I am learning to think a whole new way. But it seems to fit a bit better and I think I am going to love it.
AB: You're ripped. What kind of training are you doing outside of roller derby and how is it changing your game play? CG: That cracks me up when I hear that, but I have been doing lots extra for a little over a year now. I started dryland with SpRAWkit, then some personal training. It's a lot of time so I switched to more home based stuff like P90x and Roller Derby Athletics. I try to do something 6 days a week now. It's been hard at times but I definitely notice a difference in strength and endurance.
AB: A lot has changed for us this season as Bootleg City Roller Derby is created and we have an A & B team. How are you enjoying the changes? CG: It seems to just make sense. It's nice to offer different levels since we all have different needs and different derby dreams.
AB: You have been a Moonshine Maiden since 2013. Can you explain how the team has evolved over the years? CG: There was always a certain vibe with the Maidens, a nice combo of fun but cool. Now it feels like we are going next level. We are evolving into more serious athletes and that's so cool to see. Everyone is working very hard and it's starting to pay off.
AB: How weird and cool is it to have your kid sister (Mock'n Sins) on your team? CG: Despite not being that close as kids because of our age difference there is definitely a connection there now. I feel like I can just give her a look and she knows what I'm thinking. Plus, she's amazing, so I'm glad I brought her into this world and plan on taking full credit for her success somehow.
AB: Since becoming an A team, our practices have become more intense. Whatcha think of that craziness? CG: I love it in a twisted way, not sure what it says about me but if I don't feel like my ass was kicked at practice I would be bummed. We have great coaching at our disposal and it's making a difference to how we play.
AB: How do you get yourself ready and pumped up for game day? CG: My old real ritual is a pre-game full cal Pepsi. It's the only time I drink that! I do try to do some mental prep, a lot of internal pep talk so I don't crap my pants.
AB: What are your season predictions? CG: Our first game was full of learning experiences for me, but I have lots of plans for what I learned and I imagine the rest of the team does too. I think by the end of this summer we are going to blow some minds!