Like most of the Ohio Roller Girls, Terese Herhold leads something of a double life. By day, she analyzes legislative policy at the Ohio Statehouse. After work, she tears up the track as Bratislava Bruiser, a blocker on the city's traveling roller derby team.

Like most of the Ohio Roller Girls, Terese Herhold leads something of a double life. By day, she analyzes legislative policy at the Ohio Statehouse. After work, she tears up the track as Bratislava Bruiser, a blocker on the city's traveling roller derby team.

She shared more as her squad laces up for a home bout this weekend.

A woman that I used to work with played roller derby. A friend of mine and I went to go watch her play, and my friend said, "You know, we should try out." I don't think I'd put roller skates on for 15 years.

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I had to go through three days of tryouts. Two days were on skates, one day was off-skate physical fitness. It was pretty brutal.

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I've played sports since I was a kid. But Derby forces you to push yourself in different ways. You get to meet a ton of cool, really different types of people who all come together around this one thing. You have this derby family all around the world.

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I skated my entire first season under the name Bruisin' B. Anthony. I had to change it because to skate against other leagues, I had to have a registered name. I'm Slovac. My grandpa came over when he was 14, and I went with the heritage.

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The best advice I've ever received is that it's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.

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This is my third season. I've evolved pretty far from where I started. I'm proud to say I won the Most Improved Player award last year. I've heard it sucks pretty badly to get hit by me.

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Overall, the level of competition and the level of seriousness as a sport have increased. Sometimes with less experienced teams, it's a lot rougher, a lot sloppier. When you get to the higher level, you're still hitting hard, but there's a lot more strategy involved.

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Three things I can't live without are food, water and derby.

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I was recently promoted to policy director for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Some of my co-workers come and watch our bouts. Sometimes I feel like people listen to me more, because they're kind of afraid of me.

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Something people might not know about me is that I was the lead in my high-school musical. It was "My Fair Lady." I don't think I'm much of a singer.

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