Lucky Charms: Not Just a Cereal

April 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

Lucky Charms: Not Just a Cereal

Serena Williams refuses to change her socks during a tennis winning streak. Swimmer Dana Vollmer keeps elephant accessories close at hand, and wore her elephant earrings throughout the 2012 Olympics. Tiger Woods believes red to be his lucky color, and often wears a red polo to keep his luck up. Athletes have some strong superstitions, especially when it comes to luck, and the Dames are no exception! Many Dames have at least one good luck charm that they simply can’t bout without. We asked a few ladies what they need to have along when they lace up on bout day. Here are their responses:

Nerd rocking her purple and pink "nerd" socks!

Nerd rocking her purple and pink “nerd” socks!

Revenga d’Nerd: “I always wear a pair of my NERD socks on bout day.”

alMighty CrISIS: “I always have something from each of my family members that have passed away….I wear my Moms wedding band, I keep a picture of my Dad in my bag, I try to wear my Brother’s Billy Idol shirt either that day or during warm ups, and I try to wear my Sister’s scarf or at least have it with me in my bag. I know, I know, a lot of lucky charms, but I just like to know that a piece of them is with me as they would be astounded at the fact that I am playing derby. I have tried to leave the house without one of these items and I’m not even sure that they bring me luck, I just feel better when they are with me.”

The Belmont Bruisers warm up before the Feb 2014 Rocktown bout.

The Belmont Bruisers warm up before the Feb 2014 Rocktown bout.

Slam Gamgee: “My teammates are my good luck charm! I know that on a logical level, it’s obvious that I couldn’t perform without my teammates, but it is also my teammates that pump me up, quell my nerves, and help me feel ready to bout!”

Crashiopeia: “I always have the necklace my derby wife gave to me.”

Badsquish: “My socks. I can’t skate, period, without wearing one of several pairs of the exact same brand and type of sock. They have slight compression around the ankle, and I am convinced that, without them, my ankles bones would fall to pieces.”

Boom wears her rainbow socks every bout!

Boom wears her rainbow socks every bout!

BOOM! ShakeTheRoom: “I always wear my rainbow knee socks. I’ve had them since my second bout. I also wear them because my mom can pick me out from the sea of helmets and black and teal.”

Maid Carrion: “Spearmint chewing gum. Weird right? I get nervous before a bout and for some reason a fresh stick of Wrigleys calms me down.”

Petit Zombie: “My stuffed sheep named Jean Oog.”

Nacho Baby: “It’s more of a ritual than an item: before every bout, I listen to Iron Butterfly’s ‘In a gadda da vida’ the album version… all 17 minutes and 5 seconds of it.”

VoldeMorgan: “My Slytherin socks!”

Stone Wallup looking fierce with her wolf bandana.

Stone Wallup looking fierce with her wolf bandana.

Stone Wallup: “While I wouldn’t necessarily say it brings me luck, I feel quite naked when I skate without my wolf’s mouth bandana and my rainbow cheek stripe! The bandana was given to me by Flo Flightengale, who since transferred to Charm City, because she saw it and remembered that I skate with a bandana. I got the idea from a teammate in South Bend, (Candiland Massacre) who wore it because she kept getting penalties for cussing out the refs. Both of these items make me feel stronger, fiercer, and more protected, as well as reminding me of all the teammates and friends who are cheering me on, whether they are physically present or not.”

As each dame is unique, so is her lucky charm! Our beacons of luck give us courage, confidence, and the reassurance we need to perform to the best of our ability. And did you know that studies have shown a clear link between performance and lucky charms? Perhaps it’s not all superstition! Either way, you can catch your favorite Dame (and her lucky charm) at our season opener Supernova Smash doubleheader on April 19!

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