Derby Dame: Stella Italiana
aka: Romina Muse, 29
Hometown: Martinsicuro, Italy
Position: Jammer, sometimes blocker
Number: 30 Height: 5’4”
Playing since: January 2010. “I own Skate North where the Dames practice. I kept watching it, and heard from an old friend that she was playing derby, so I gave it a shot and was hooked.”
Signature move: “I juke a lot — I like to fake people out.”
Athletic background: “I’m a world champion speed skater. I’ve been skating since I was three. I won national championships on the Italian national team, and placed fourth and fifth in the world championships in Argentina before I moved to the states.”
Number of times in penalty box: “Several. It’s the art of playing derby.”
Worst injury: A cracked rib last year.
Roll out song: “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar.
Fast fact: She was recruited to the Olympia (Wash.) Oly Rollers, a top derby team in the nation, so she’ll split her time between the two teams. She’s also the bench coach for Des Moines’ first men’s derby team, Your Mom.