The first-ever Roller Derby World Cup gets underway today in Toronto at 5 p.m. EST (that's 3 p.m. here in Denver), kicking off with a Canada vs. France bout. The entire tournament is being webcast live at www.DerbyNewsNetwork.com, and DNN is calling Team USA the "prohibitive favorite," thanks in no small part to the seven Colorado skaters on the team. If watching the webcast from home or your office just won't cut it, join the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls and Denver Roller Dolls at Mugsy's Bar, 7950 East Mississippi Avenue, where they'll be showing the Team USA bouts on the big screen for local derby fans. RMRG has five skaters on the team -- Amanda Jamitinya, DeRanged, Psycho Babble, Urrk'n Jerk'n, and Team USA co-captain Frida Beater -- and there also two Denver Roller Dolls skaters (Heather Juska and Tracy "Disco" Akers). They'll skate against New Zealand in the Group C round-robin bracket tonight (the bout is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. EST --4:50 p.m. locally -- after Canada vs. France, Australia vs. Germany, and Argentina vs. Ireland), then skate again tonight in a USA vs. USA expo bout, after Brazil vs. Sweden and Australia vs. Finland, to show the rest of the world how it's done.
Friday's action gets going early, with England vs. Ireland at 9:30 a.m. EST, followed by New Zealand vs. Scotland, Canada vs. Sweden, Finland vs. Germany, Brazil vs. France, Scottland vs. USA (should be around 10:40 a.m. locally, good timing since Mugsy's opens at 10 a.m.), Argentina vs. England, France vs. Sweden, and Brazil vs. Canada concluding the round-robin portion of the tournament.
The action will pick up again at 5:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. locally) on Friday with the first four bouts based on seeding from the round-robin results, and continue on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m.
For a closer look at the Team USA roster, double click on the image below: