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Roller derby making a comeback in the Hudson Valley

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In a converted bowling alley in the town where FDR was born (Hyde Park, N.Y.), playing a sport first popularized during that man's presidency, a woman calling herself pinky swears explained to us the new deal with roller derby.

"It kind of went out of popularity because it became sort of WWF and it was more entertainment and a lot of it was staged," she said.

But in the early 2000s derby purists rolled out a more authentic version of their old sport, one that kept the campy nicknames but returned it to actual competition.

"Now it's very much about it being a real sport," Pinky Swears said.

"Not easy at all. It takes endurance," says Storm Jenarator, emphasis on the "Jen." She rolled up on the Roller Magic track for the first time five years ago responding to an ad for roller derby tryouts. She made the Hudson Valley Horrors and, like us, soon learned that following this sport on camera sort of requires a bird's-eye view.

"We're highly aggressive," Storm Jenarator said. "It can be intimidating for some people to see us out in our skates hitting each other."

Oh, sure. Mac probably hasn't skated since he was about 11 but he'll figure it out. It's a contact sport he's never played and we sent him up there with none of the necessary equipment. What could go wrong?

"Well, people can get hurt," Storm Jenarator said.

And every practice, scrimmage, or bout goes down under the surveillance of an EMT.

"My mom's iffy when I fall and get hurt, but she likes it," said Khloe Karsmashen, 14, who skates with the junior team.

"It teaches confidence," Storm Jenarator said.

The sport is not quite rolling in the mainstream but the Olympic Committee did announce it would spin its wheels and consider adding roller derby as an event at the 2020 games.

Do you believe in roller magic? Because they believe at Roller Magic.

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