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Candie Crush

#90

Name:Candie

Occupation:Physical Therapist at UAB Hospital

First Appearance:May 2017

Hometown:Sylacauga, AL

Derby Spouse: Rumble Bee

About Crush:

How did you get into Roller Derby?

I never played competitive sports and had talked myself out of going to recruitment for a couple years. After watching a TCR home bout, I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and go and I was hooked after the first night!

What is your best roller derby memory?

Actually getting through the pack and scoring some points once in a while, successfully performing some fancy footwork without falling...even if on accident, having someone ask for your autograph, hearing crowd members cheer you on, and winning MVP Jammer twice during my first season. Just about every derby memory is great, but the best of all is the great friendships I have made!

What is your most embarrassing roller derby memory?

All the falls...but especially the falls where you keep falling even more as you're trying to get up!

What was you first bout like?

Iron City Maidens v. Beach Brawlers on March 23, 2018. While playing in my first jam, I remember the fear building waiting for whistle after the anticipated, "FIVE SECONDS" was called. Once I took off, I don't remember the actual events that followed, but I did remember the adrenaline and excitement I felt. We played hard, and even though we didn't win, the teamwork and encouragement within our team was awesome!

What are some of your other hobbies?

Traveling, yoga, reading, and drinking craft beer :)

Who are some of your personal Heroes

My mom. She is the hardest working woman I know, has always been my biggest supporter, and is always ready for an adventure!

What 3 fictional characters best describe you?

Tina Belcher, Monica Gellar, and April Ludgate

What charities or organization(s) are you involved with or support?

BAO, MCAC, WBHM, and Hand in Paw

Where do you like to hang out in Birmingham when you are not skating?

While my favorite place is hanging out at home with Mr. Crush and our dog, Scooba, you can usually find me at one of the local breweries, Railroad Park, a coffee shop, or riding my bike downtown.

Favorites:

Food:

Creative vegetarian/vegan dishes...but really, tacos!

Music/band:

All time favorites are Led Zeppelin, anything Jack White, and Tegan and Sara. Currently on my playlist you will find Oh Wonder, Sylvan Esso, Purity Ring, Geographer, Alabama Shakes, Robyn, Sigrid, and Kendrick Lamar.

Movie/Play:

Depends on the season but some favorites include Rocky Horror Picture Show, Edward Scissorhands, Just Friends, Hocus Pocus, and Love Actually.

Books/Authors:

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons, Dan Brown series, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, Hunger and Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, and anything Jodi Picoult.

TV Show/Podcast:

TV shows: The Office, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, Frasier, Friends, Bob's Burgers, Dexter, Portlandia, and Breaking Bad. Podcasts: Unladylike, Dr. Death, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and Stuff You Should Know

More About Crush:

"I always wanted to be a figure skater...roller derby is definitely a good alternative!"