Krozo the Klown
How did you come up with your derby name and number?
It is a play off of my real name and a reference to Bozo the Clown. I can be pretty silly sometimes and love to laugh and love rainbows so I figured it was appropriate. Also, I wanted to capitalize on the fact that a lot of people (including my mom) have a fear of clowns. As for my number, N2O is the chemical formula for nitrous oxide otherwise known as laughing gas. :D
What do you like most about Roller Derby?
Roller derby is an empowering sport for women that doesn’t discriminate based on size or age. There are women in their early 20s skating alongside women in their 30s, 40s and 50s! And there are advantages to being skinny mini as well as being a full sized figured gal.
How long have you been skating?
I recreationally skated as a kid, but never learned any cool tricks or how to effectively stop without bumping in to something or falling. Growing up, my sister and I would frequent the local year round ice rink. When I turned nine, I got my first pair of quad skates, white artistic boots with neon pink wheels and laces. Years later, long after outgrowing the white and hot pink quads, I got a pair of roller blades for Christmas, but it just wasn’t the same and I stopped skating. I found out about roller derby in 2007 and ended up joining PFM in Feb 2008 and have been doing derby ever since! I freaking LOVE it!
Who is your derby idol?
There are so many awesome ladies to choose from! I would say one of my favorites is hands down, Anya Heels on Rat City's Socket Wenches. She is not only a formidable blocker but an amazing jammer! And the BEST part is that even though she is scary on the track, she is a freaking sweetheart off the track!
What derby related injuries, if any, have you had?
Nothing major but minor injuries include bruises, blisters, anterior tibialis strain, sesmoiditis on the left big toe, the loss of both big toenails (thankfully, they both grew back completely with no problem after 6 months!), sprains on the middle joint of the ring and middle finger on the right hand, and a fracture of the right fibula and tibia.
How has derby improved your life?
Roller derby has given me a purpose. It is a sport to cheer for, to preach about, to volunteer for and sponsor. It has given me a reason to get in shape as I normally hate exercise. But skating and exercising with the intent to play better, makes it different somehow. It has also introduced me to a great community of people and I've met some amazing women some of whom I am lucky to now call my leaguemates!
If you could give any advice to a new or interested skater, what would it be?
Everybody falls! Nobody's perfect. Everyone has their good days and bad days! Never compare yourself to others or beat yourself up for not being like so-and-so, because everyone is different. Every day try your best and just have fun. And when you do fall, quickly pick yourself back up and keep on skating!
What are your likes?
rainbows, kitties, derby skinz, men on skates, skating fast
What are your dislikes?
Blueberries, peppers, traffic, slow drivers, big scary tree blockers
If you could be anything other than human, what would you be?
A pampered housecat