How did you get into derby?
My best pal Slayna Scully told me I should come check out a WannaBe Clinic in September 2017 because I did CrossFit and she thought I’d be good at it. I immediately fell in love with it and joined rec league the next day.
What are your other hobbies?
I love anything athletic (watching or playing!), playing guitar and piano, doing crossword puzzles, reading, playing card games with my family, and snuggling my dog Athena and my cat Hermes.
Who inspires you?
All of my teammates. All of the indigenous skaters and officials, people of color, and trans and non-binary folks working to make the WFTDA a safe and equal space for all.
What is your sports background?
I was a member of the 3-time NCAA championship rowing team while at Ohio State. I also swam and played soccer my whole life growing up and have always been generally athletic.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
I often refer to myself as a potato because I’m generally a really awkward person (kind of like a potato with legs). I also wanted to incorporate my “non derby” name, Nicki, into my name somehow, so the play on words of Nick Tater fit me well.
Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals?
Do you have a favorite or signature derby move?
It is my greatest ambition to help a jammer successfully complete a Pegassist at some point in my derby career.
How has derby impacted your life?
Derby has introduced me to some absolutely wonderful people and allowed me to fall in love with a sport that I previously knew almost nothing about. I have found a network of folks who support me through all my successes and failures, whether they are derby-related or otherwise.