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Meet the Chicago athlete headed to the World Roller Games

For twelve years, Dakota Prosch has spent hours on her skates each week, working with her team on speed, balance and strength. During the first week of September, this life-long Chicagoan will head to Nanjing, China to compete in the 2017 World Roller Games, the first international event recognized by the Olympic Committee to include her sport: roller derby. This historic event, organized by the International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS), will bring all ten roller skating disciplines together to compete in the same location for the first time.

Dakota is not new to national competition, having recently participated in her fifth USA Roller Sports National Championships with her roller derby team from Chicago. This July, they came away with a bronze for the second year in a row. She also won one gold and two bronze medals two weeks later at another National Championship, this time in speed skating.

Soon, she will join other elite athletes as one of only eighteen members of the first Team USA affiliated to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Together with athletes from around the world, she is moving roller derby towards recognition at the highest level of the world of sports, including the Olympic Games.

With the rise in junior-level athletes dominating roller derby, and the growth of the sport internationally, the future is bright for the sport, and Dakota Prosch will be proud to make history this fall in China.

For more information about the 2017 World Roller Games, please visit www.rollerevents.org

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