Show us your . . . gnarly derby injury | Show us your [____] | Chicago Reader

Show us your . . . gnarly derby injury 

Windy City Roller Moby Nipps is the type to roll with the punches

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Walk it off

Walk it off

Roller derby girls collect injuries the way other athletes collect trophies or rings. At the moment, Moby Nipps (who we'll call "Moby" so we don't have to say "Nipps" over and over again) of the Windy City Rollers probably can't even put a ring on her left ring finger, which she mangled during a bout last May.

A blocker for the Brewcity Bruisers in Milwaukee at the time, Moby says she didn't realize she'd broken her finger until a teammate "almost puked" when she looked at it. Moby recalls, "It was just a total freak accident. I don't remember feeling it break, just thinking, 'Oh, something's wrong with my finger.' After the jam, I held up my hand . . . it was pointing sideways." The team medic popped the bone back into alignment, wrapped it up—and Moby finished the game.

"I'm an idiot when it comes to skating. If I can still move, I'll skate."

She's also blown out her meniscus, almost broken her wrist, and, since relocating to Chicago in September, sprained an ankle that, yeah, she's skating on.

If sustaining injuries is "just the price of derby," as Moby says, so is inflicting them. With the slightest tinge of apology in her voice, she admits, "I think I broke a girl's ankle. I know I've bruised the hell out of people." And she's been bruised back.

A worker in the financial industry by day, Moby avoids rueful glances by covering up. "I tend to wear long sleeves," she says with a laugh. "Especially post practices and bouts when they're freshest."

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Gwynedd Stuart

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
Being: Welcome to Humanity Co-Prosperity Sphere
September 26
Galleries & Museums
September 26

Popular Stories