CBS confirmed today that two stars of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club will be among the contestants for the $1 million prize on the 22nd season of The Amazing Race, premiering February 17. While local roller-derby fans know them best by their noms de derby, Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple, CBS is introducing the skaters (aka Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere) to the world with the reality TV shorthand, "Roller Derby Moms."
"We each have three children, so we're sort of not your traditional roller-derby girls," Bandimere explains in the team introduction video released today. "I'm sure they were looking for tatted-up, pierced... and they got us."
Bandimere is co-captain of the 5280 Fight Club traveling all-stars team (winners of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association national championships in 2010), and also skates as a blocker for RMRG's local Sugar Kill Gang team.
Egender is a jammer and blocker for both the 5280 Fight Club and the United States Pummeling Service. "I think the biggest challenge will be admitting when we need help," she says, in a brief "Meet the Cast" interview posted online today at CBS.com. "We are both independent and strong-willed."
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The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls season officially opens on Saturday, February 2 at the Fillmore Auditorium, pitting RMRG's local teams Dooms Daisies and Red Ridin' Hoods against each other. Fiona Grapple and Triple Shot Misto will on opposing teams on April 6 when the Sugar Kill Gang faces the United States Pummeling Service, and together again for the 5280 Fight Club bout against the Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club on June 1.