Roller Derby: The Toughest Women on Four Wheels

By Ryan Ward and Erika Janik | March 18, 2015


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Flat-track roller derby has become a phenomenon in recent years. Invented in the 1920s, it has evolved into a predominately female sport drawing women from a variety of backgrounds. For women on Madison’s Mad Wreckin’ Dolls, roller derby is more than just a rough and tumble sport. It’s a supportive and accepting family of friends.

Ryan Ward

Ryan Ward is a videographer and editor for the “Wisconsin Life” project and can rest easy after he finally found the perfect jar of homemade dill pickles at the farmer’s market in Madison. … just like his Grandma Shirley use to make!

Erika Janik

Erika Janik spins multiple “Wisconsin Life”-related plates as she acquires, edits, records, and mixes radio stories for broadcast — all while searching for new roadside attractions, hiking trails  and local beer to explore.  She is the author of five books including “Apple: A Global History“, and most recently “Marketplace of the Marvelous:...
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