2006 Photo Contest, Sports Feature, 2nd prize

David Maialetti

Philadelphia Daily News

28 September, 2005

Practice before the start of the Philly Roller Girls' first season. They formed their all-girl, skater-owned and operated roller derby league in March. Their premier exhibition brought roller derby back to Philadelphia for the first time in 30 years. Roller derby is a team sports entertainment based on formation roller-skating around a track. It is very much a contact sport, as team members crash into walls and get into fights. The girls flaunt their tattoos and bruises, and have names like Darth Hater and Violet Temper.

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David Maialetti

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