Rocky Mountain Rollergirls win national championships, crowned best derby team

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In the final bout yesterday at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championships in Chicago, Denver's Rollergirls beat the Oly Rollers of Olympia, Washington, to become the 2010 national champions. The Derby News Network, which predicted the win, called the nail-biting bout "a classic."

See the full slideshow from the championships in Chicago.

The bout "was evenly matched all the way through and featured two hugely dramatic lead changes in the final two jams," wrote DNN's Justice Feelgood Marshall. "In the end, Rocky was just one point better -- but one point was all they needed to become the 2010 WFTDA Champions."

Their prize? Major bragging rights, glory for Colorado (as the first Centennial State team to win the national championship), a triumphant ending to a kick-ass season and The Hydra -- a skate-shaped trophy that will reside in Denver until next year's tournament.

We left a message for the Rollergirls' spokeswoman, PJ "Dangerous Leigh A'Zon" Shields, and will update this blog when she calls back. In the meantime, the Rollergirls' Facebook page is chock full of congratulations, including this comment from Susan Phelan:

Hey Denver media. Quit crying over the Broncos and the Buffs and get hip to the fact that the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Fight Club just won the Natl Championship????? Want to see some amazing athleticism?? Fast skating, hard hits, and intense nail-biting action down to the last second jam to beat the defending champs.... Final score RMRG vs Oly 147-146. Congraulations ladies!!!

Congratulations, indeed!

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