The Gotham Girls Roller Derby women have formed an extremely tight-knit community, mainly because they spend so much time together: practice is 4 nights a week and everyone must serve on one of the leagues committees.
Several women say most of their friends are other skaters. But don't let that kumbaya stuff fool you. It doesn't stop them from throwing a hip check at another skater that sends the girl crashing to the floor or flying into the padded walls.
Check out Yian's pics for a taste of the action--and this was just practice.