Thunder Thighs

Name: Thunder Thighs

Nickname: Thunder

What’s the origin of your name? I was nicknamed this one summer to make fun of how much I eat and how skinny I am. I decided to take it as my derby name cause my thighs would cramp up so much during fresh meat and it was so confusing! So I tried to give them a boost of confidence by naming myself after them.

Number: 96

What does your number mean?
I like that I can spin it in a circle and it remains the same number. You can do the same thing with 69, but obviously that’s a little different…

Team: B TEAM!

What position do you play? Jammer, Blocker

How long have you been skating? Since I joined derby.

When did you join derby? I passed my MST around February 2011 I think… I’m not good with dates.

How did you get involved in derby? Found out there was a league, figured I like awesome things, and started going to fresh meat

Signature move: I like plow-stopping.

What role do you play behind the scenes? Not sure yet, but I think I am on the sponsorship committee.

Pre-bout ritual: Don’t have one yet. But I think it will involve smoothies. I love me some smoothies.

Motivational quote: Life begins outside of your comfort zone.

Derby heroes: Other than all the inspirational women on our league…? Well, I haven’t decided yet.

What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? A great attitude! That means supportive, hard-working, and fun to skate with. I love advice and being taught how to be better and when that is coupled with a smile and encouragement, nothing makes me have more respect for someone.

What do you do outside of derby? I am a full-time drama major at the U of A. And by that I mean, I’m majoring in not having a life or money. I also work as a receptionist at Arkansas Physical Health and Rehab and a grunt at the costume shop at the University Theater I also love cooking for people and try to at every opportunity. Love me some garage sales too.

Favorite derby moment so far? I felt so good at my first bout, the mash up one for Joplin. And now I am trying to work back up to feeling like I am as with it as I was during that game.

Favorite derby teams? I need to watch more games!!!

If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Nothing to the head, but I think low elbows would be fun.

What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t be intimidated by the derby girls! I started off the league pretty intimidated and confused, but, now that I have gotten over it, derby has become that much more fun.

Derby awards? Heartbreak Rollers- Fresh Meat No More

Where are you from? Rogers, AR

How long have you lived here? Born and raised two towns away

What keeps you here? School, When school and money permits I will have to leave to become just another starving artist, but till then I’m all about Faytown!

Animals? Can’t stand owning them, but love everyone else’s!

Family? A WONDERFUL family who comes to support me in matching awesome shirts. Dad, Mom, Sister, Sister. They’re crazy, don’t even get me started.