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Cannelton woman enjoys 'brutal' skating

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Goldie Klox battles opponents like Cutthroat Cutie

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON – Her first name refers to a sweet children's tale about a little girl lost in the woods. Maybe that's just to lull her opponents into a false sense of safety. Her last name, derived from the expression, "clean your clock," is closer to her job description.

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"One of the girls on the team picked it," said Goldie Klox, a blocker with the nonprofit RollerGirls of Southern Indiana. "I have highlights in my hair and I'm a hard hitter."

She has to be, because her mission is to keep jammers like Cutthroat Cutie of the Angels of Death or the Hard Knox Roller Girls' Jamie Skull from scoring.

Goldie's not alone, however. She's got skaters like Ingrid Inhumane, Gunslingin' Sally and Velveteen Rabid in the lineup to help her out.

For anyone not familiar with it, "clean your clock," is a "sports-pulverization" term akin to whomp, clobber, slaughter, thrash and trounce, according to a 2006 New York Times Magazine article by William Safire.

Now a Cannelton resident, Goldie Klox, also known as Gina Elliott, grew up in Evansville. There, she went roller-skating every weekend as a child, she said Thursday. Her interest in Roller Derby followed, by about a month, her sister's joining a team about five years ago. "I thought if she can do it, I could also," she said. A documentary on roller girls also fueled her interest.

"I love doing it; it's good exercise," she said, "and the girls I skate with are awesome. It is brutal, but it's just a lot of fun."

Although showmanship is a big part of the activity, it's not to be compared with professional wrestling, whose bouts are thought by many to be choreographed from start to finish.

"There's nothing fake about it," Elliott said. "A lot of people think there is, but this is definitely a sport. There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into it. Once people go see it, they'll realize there's nothing fake about it."

Competition involves a jammer on each team trying to make her way through a pack of skaters. Everyone else works to prevent the jammer on the opposing team from advancing while helping their own jammer score by passing other skaters. More details on rules can be found at www.wftda.com, the Web site for the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

A season runs from February to October, Elliott explained, but scrimmages against other clubs, including travel to states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri, keep the skaters in practice other parts of the year. "Those girls come to Evansville, also," she said.

RollerGirls of Southern Indiana, which is abbreviated to ROSI, supports a number of causes, including a Navy unit stationed in the Middle East.

Toward that purpose, $1 is cut from the admission price for anyone donating items for care packages, such as reading materials, DVDs, personal-care items, mints, gum and  hard candy, upon entry.

All home bouts occur at Swonder Ice Arena, 209 North Boeke in Evansville. Normal admission is $6 for advance tickets, which can be purchased through www.rollergirlsofsin.com, $8 at the door or $5 with military identification. Children 10 years old or younger get in free.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and home bouts start at 7. Matches are scheduled for May 30, June 13, July 11 and Aug. 1.

Elliott said she'll skate throughout this season and many more.

"As long as it's around and as long as I'm able, I plan on doing it," she said.