“I’m not scared of getting hurt, but I bruise like a peach.”
Lynae Lee, aka Lynnie Bruise, co-captain of La Putas del Fuego, is the “toughest skater on the track.” She is one of the smaller girls out there- quiet and unassuming. Yet the minute she gets on the track it’s clear she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Lynnie was a longtime über fan girl of TX Roller Derby (TXRD) before she had the guts to try out five years ago. She came to every bout for four years, typically with her mom and/or boyfriend in tow. When Lynnie finally decided to try out, at the insistent urging of her boyfriend, her mom was supportive yet wary. Evilynn Carnitt, her favorite skater, is tiny like her and got knocked around a lot, but always retaliated with a vengeance.
Lynnie remains star struck by her favorite skaters. After her first win, Evilynn, now retired, was there cheering her on. “She was there in the crowd, with her tiny puta sombrero, screaming her ass off for me, alongside Axle Frikkin’ Rosie. They both came up to the edge of the track after the bout to hug me and tell me I did so good- It was maybe the craziest moment of my life, and definitely my favorite derby moment ever,” Lynnie recalled.
Off the track, Lynnie is a pre-school teacher, or as she calls it, a “baby wrangler”. She says of her class of 1 year olds, “They’re smart and crafty, and you shouldn’t trust them.” Outside of baby wrangling and TXRD, Lynnie has little time for much else, but she loves the team and having friends. “Even splitting responsibilities with Shanx[zilla], it is more than a full-time job,” she says. “I just want to be a hermit when I’m not at roller derby, and watch nerdy TV shows.”
Lynnie is now a well-respected voice within the league. She used to think, “who am I to say anything to these girls?” Now she speaks up and people listen. Although she’s a more low-key than many of the other girls, she is a skater who clearly puts every bit of herself into the game. Keep giving them hell, Lynnie!