Stay in the Game
On the track, I'm the last line of defense against the 18- to 20-year-olds on the other team. I'm on the floor with four other teammates—two of them together aren't as old as I am—and they always say, "If Sass can do it, I can do it." They don't know I work twice as hard as they do to keep up with them. That means skating six days a week and getting up before dawn to fit training into my schedule. I have to go the extra mile on the floor, too, even if I'll pay for it later. When I return to my everyday life, my shoulders are often so black-and-blue that I raise a few eyebrows. Even if I suffer bumps and bruises, though, the sport is so empowering. I'm constantly reminded what I can accomplish—and never to sell myself short.
— Dani "Sassy" Lewis, 44, member of the Oly Rollers, 2012 USARS Roller Derby national champions