Last week, news hit the web that Roller Derby is under consideration for the 2020 Olympics. It is one of eight sports being considered, with no indication as to how many of them will be accepted.
The big question is not whether the Olympics is ready for Roller Derby, but is Roller Derby ready for the Olympics? With names like Bonnie Thunders, Suzy Hotrod and Date Rapeme; and numbers which include letter (K155), the legitimacy of the sport comes into question.
Ask any player and they will tell you that Roller Derby is a serious sport. Most skaters train anywhere from six to 12 hours a week. They train both on skates and off and take their diets seriously. But most are not ready to move into the mainstream, namely giving up on some of the old punk rock, against-the-grain aspects of the sport.
Where does that leave Roller Derby in 2013 when the Olympic Committee votes on who to include in 2020? On their current path, not an Olympic contender. If nationally recognized leagues can set the precedent by changing names and numbers within the next year, then the sport stands a chance.