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Female Leagues Lead Roller Derby Revival

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Female Leagues Lead Roller Derby Revival

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Female Leagues Lead Roller Derby Revival

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Reporter Alex Cohen's alter-ego, "Axles of Evil," is a member of a team known as Tough Cookies. L.A. Derby Dolls hide caption

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The L.A. Derby Dolls league has more than 80 players and four teams. L.A. Derby Dolls hide caption

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L.A. Derby Dolls

Across America, hundreds of women are leading double lives. By day, they are teachers, mothers, waitresses, even reporters. But by night, they are performance athletes participating in a revival of one of America's most violent sports: roller derby.

This weekend, Las Vegas will play host to a first-time-ever convention of more than 30 modern-day women's roller derby leagues. Alex Cohen of member station KQED, herself a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls league, reports.

There are more than 80 Derby Dolls, each has taken on an alter ego and a nom de guerre — names including Juana Beat'n, Tara Armov and Venus D' Maulr.

Versions of this sport have been played for seven decades. The first modern-day all-girl roller derby league popped up four years ago in Austin, Texas. There are now nearly 40 leagues scattered throughout the country from the Rat City Roller Girls of Seattle to the Windy City Rollers of Chicago.

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