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Hell on wheels

Amateur roller derby, a full-contact, female dominated sport, is surging across the nation. The team the Snake Pit Derby Dames is in its third season.

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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Kristie Blair, aka Hooky Hellraiser (666), watches her roller derby teammates compete in a bout against the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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Danielle Dees, aka Cut-Hercakes, smiles as she removes her helmet after a derby practice on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames work through drills during practice on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Kristie Blair, aka Hooky Hellraiser (666), tries to break through the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls during a bout on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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Kari Rettke, aka Eff Bomber (80), laughs with Ariel Pain of the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls after the pair collided and fell to the concrete floor during a bout on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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Spectators watch the The Snake Pit Derby Dames and the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls battle it out during a bout on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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Lark Patton, aka Kitty GotClaws, leans as she exits a turn during a roller derby practice on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene. Although it’s a contact sport, roller derby is, at times, graceful.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames skate in a close formation during practice on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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Members of The Snake Pit Derby Dames listen to their coach, Eric Simmons, during a derby practice on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Tatjana Mock, aka Goodie Go-Devil, smiles through a mouth guard at teammates during practice on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The helmet of The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Rose Preston’s, aka Belle Tabitch, is covered with stickers on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Derby Dames’ coach, Eric Simmons, receives a birthday spankdown, a team tradition, after a derby practice on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at the Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Kristie Blair, aka Hooky Hellraiser, who serves as the Dames’ Events Coordinator, counts money from the night’s bout against the Rodeo City Rollergirls on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames celebrate at The Hogfish after they defeated the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls 111-95 on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Although the Rodeo City Rollergirls could not make the party due to travel arrangements, after parties are typically a time when opposing teams can get together to drink, dance and share stories from the day’s bout. Some teams consider winning the afterparty even more important that winning the bout.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Lark Patton, aka Kitty GotClaws, celebrates with her teammates at The Hogfish after they defeated the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames’ Lark Patton, aka Kitty GotClaws, ices her knee during a practice on Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Coeur d’Alene.


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The Snake Pit Derby Dames are silhouetted against a concrete floor as they compete in a bout against the Ellensburg Rodeo City Rollergirls on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Kootenai Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.

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