It's a good time to be a dude on roller skates in St. Louis -- especially if you're the kind of dude that likes to hit people.
Caroline Yoo Roller derby players from St. Louis' top male and female teams practice together at the St. Louis Skatium.
For the members of The St. Louis GateKeepers, the city's top male roller derby team, these past five months have gone by in a blur of lopsided victories. They're ranked third in the Men's Roller Derby Association, just behind The New York Shock Exchange, but this weekend could change that. The two rivals will be going head-to-head in Las Vegas on Saturday.
"There's very few moments in life where you feel like you're a part of something special, that you know that you're in it," says GateKeepers coach Scott Meyer (a.k.a "Magnum P.I.M.P"), who wrangled a practice Wednesday night with the players still in town. About half the team had already arrived in Vegas for RollerCon, a worldwide derby convention that hosts tournaments and attracts thousands of skaters.
"It's fun as hell," says Meyer, a bearded 33-year-old from Ladue who co-founded the GateKeepers in 2009.More »