Rebel of the Month – Rosie D. Ribsplitter

Roller derby name and number: Rosie D. Ribsplitter #108

Roller derby position – on the track (and why): Currently I’ve been playing as a blocker and sometimes pivot. I love these positions because its way more fun to knock girls down!

Roller derby position – off the track (and why): I recently took over as merch manager because I want to help GRR out any way I can and I have some awesome ideas for new GRR merch.

How long have you been playing roller derby for GRR? I started in July 2010.

How did you come up with your name and number? My name is a play off of Rosie the Riveter, the poster girl for women power back during WWII. And because I’m a huge dork my number is the reoccurring sequence of numbers from the show Lost (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) added up.

Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals? No pre-bout rituals yet but post-bout ritual of drinking a lot of beer and leg wrestling of course.


What is your favorite thing about playing roller derby for GRR?
The sense of having developed this whole new family with some really amazing people.


What is your most memorable GRR roller derby experience?
This is a hard one but probably Van Fam 2010 on the way to and from the Birmingham bout. I was pretty new and didn’t get to play in the bout but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.


If your roller derby alter-ego had a theme song, what would it be?
A super fan suggested “Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC but I’ve never actually heard it. So TBD??

Aside from roller derby, what are you passionate about? Hockey! I love the Pittsburgh Penguins!

What would GRR fans be surprised to know about you? When I was contemplating joining, I had gone to the bout in May and was a little bit tipsy after the after-party when I saw Matriarch in the parking lot outside of Splitz.
I yelled “Hey 3-5-2! Hey 3-5-2! Hit me!”
To which she responded “WHAT?!”
Me: “Hit me! Derby style!”
So Matriarch hip checked me and I took it like a champ. Then proceeded to twist my ankle walking down a small hill in the parking lot. I can’t walk without hurting myself but I can take hits from derby girls. Needless to say, I was hooked.

What makes you a Rebel? If someone tells me I can’t do something or don’t have the ability to, I’m probably going to do it (i.e. derby).

Likes: Not taking life too seriously, my family and friends, and vampires

Dislikes: Double negatives and people with negative attitudes

Guilty pleasures: A Jill from Flaco’s and trying as hard as possible to never consume Light Beer (**hint** Will graciously accept Magic Hat after a bout but not Bud Light)

Click here to read more about Rosie on her profile.