Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
What is the significance of your derby name?
I am a huge Tori Amos fan and I knew that I wanted something Tori-related. I played around with her name a bit until I found the perfect, sort of Garbage Pail Kids version. Gory Maimos was born. And Gori Amos is already taken =( .
League responsibility: Director at Large and Membership Committee Co-chair and email correspondent.
What do you do when you’re not skating?
I am a stay at home mom so the majority of my time is spent doing mom things… you know teaching, entertaining, reffing, cleaning, cooking, chauffeuring. My husband and I like to DVR all of our favorite shows and then curl up with a large glass of wine and binge watch. When I have some time to myself I like to read and do crafty things.
What made you decide to join roller derby?
I saw a Rose City bout a while back and I was completely enthralled with the game. I screamed my head off and I only kind of understood what was going on out on the track. It was so exciting! I always thought about trying out but it always seemed so intimidating. I heard about Storm City because I was Facebook stalking someone on my friends list that was involved in the league. She may have noticed because one day she invited me to go to an open house and I’ve been IN LOVE with it ever since.
What keeps you motivated to keep skating?
My teammates. The vets keep me motivated because I want to be just like them when I grow up and the noobs keep me motivated because they are persistent as hell and it is amazing to see how fast they learn and grow.
Who is your derby crush/hero?
Again, my teammates. I heart them all! But my derby celebrity crush and hero is Scald Eagle. Her footwork is crazy insane. When she came to guest coach, she said something to me and I can’t even remember what it was and I’m pretty sure I answered her with a blank stare and a stupid smile. It was totally ridiculous.
What is the best advice you would give to someone who wants to join derby or what was the best advice given to you?
You will fall down… A LOT, everyone does. Pick yourself up and keep going. Don’t compare your progress to someone else’s. Everyone learns differently. Get low then get lower. Oh, and NEVER give up the inside line. 😉
Name three interesting / random facts about yourself:
1. I collect Betsey Johnson jewelry because it’s gaudy, weird and beautiful all at the same time.
2. Pizza is my all time favorite food. I can eat if for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And it is probably my most favorite when it’s cold.
3. I loooooove video games. I could waste a huge chunk of my life sitting in front of the TV but I have kids and ain’t nobody got time for that so I never get to play. =(