Name: Arthur Cory Atkinson Professional Name: Cory "Hurricane" Atkinson Live in the San Diego Area Height…5'8" Weight… 170 Eyes… Brown Hair… Brown Age…37 When did you start skating … At 10 months of age Who influenced you the most…The entire "Atkinson Family", especially my Grandparents and Mother. My grandparents are both in the Roller Derby Hall of Fame. My mother was the youngest Roller Derby skater in the family, as she skated professionally at the age of fourteen. In all, there has been a grand total of TEN members of the family who have skated in the Roller Derby. This includes uncles, aunts, and cousins. How has the derby changed your life… That's a hard one, since I was born into it, it's hard to imagine life without it. I guess it's being able to travel and meet interesting people from all over our country and the world. What is so special about this sport to you… Carrying on in the family tradition. Since derby began in 1936 there has always been a member of My family involved in either skating, coaching, training, managing, or promoting the sport. Other sports and hobbies…Inline skating, kayaking, swimming, working out and anything that has to do with in Baja Mexico. (Love the fun in the sun)! Playing studio guitar in my own band "The Virus Project", and mostly alternative music. Also, have always enjoyed skateboarding, have even had fun with a skateboard on the Banked track. Enjoy watching Extreme Sporting Events. Not only is graphics a hobby but I am making good money as a career. Favorite Foods…Sushi, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. I like to prepare them also, and consider myself a (quasi) gourmet cook. What would make you the most happy in life… Being able to travel Internationally with the derby. I would also like to see the derby become an Olympic event. Describe a typical day of training for you… Use my Juiceman to begin the day with energy. Then, stretching exercises and some weight lifting. I try and skate at least 8 miles or more per day. And, end the day swimming and relaxing in a hot tub. What are the most important things you train most… Skating in a pace to build endurance. Jumping objects and then practice falling. Hurricane's opinion and thoughts about women being in the derby I never really thought about it growing up with a Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt who all skated derby. Women skate the game just as well as the men. In fact, i love to watch some of their moves as they can make those moves look so effortless and graceful. The women can be just as aggressive as the men, there are quite a few of the Gals I would not care to take a block from, as they can hit pretty darn hard too!
Who and what are your fans like… The younger generation, and mostly females, as I guess they think I'm kind of sexy. I enjoy the fans and like to hear their point of view after a game, as to why I did or did not do something. I believe the fans and their feedback is really important to the game.
Your best moves your known for… Side stepping an opponent, by doing so they sometimes wind up flying over a rail.
What was your worst injury… Been very lucky so far, only strained some back muscles. The worst is having blisters on my feet; New Skates SUCK!!! I've had to cut holes in my skating boots to relieve the pressure off of them.
Where have you skated…Mostly Rollerderby in California/Florida so far, Skating for fun in Portland Oregon, New York City, Napa Vally, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Texa, Cabo Mexico.
What comments or remarks do you get from friends or others when they find out you skate for the derby… They think of me as a Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde type person. They find it hard to believe I can be so rough and aggressive when I skate, and then such a gentlemen off the track.
In your opinion what are your thoughts about women being in the derby… Never really thought about it growing up with a Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt who all skated derby. Women skate the game just as well as the men. In fact, I love to watch some of their moves as they can make those moves look so effortless and graceful. ROCK ON ROLLER GIRLS The women can be just as aggressive as the men, there are quite a few of the Gals I would not care to take a block from, as they can hit pretty darn hard too! What is your greatest regret… That I wasn't born earlier to see some of the Derby greats and Hall of Famers skate in person.
What is your most marked characteristic… Being calm and cool and then turning into a "HURRICANE KNOCK OUT ATKINSON", then all hell breaks loose! What is your personal motto… GO FOR IT! How do you stay motivated or focused… It is easy when you are doing something you love. Also, it helps to have my grandfather egging me on. What is your most memorable moment…
That would have to be my very first game, when I scored what we call a grand slam, by passing all of the opponents on the other team.
What would you been doing if you couldn't be skating…
Computer graphics, and multimedia designing cool web-sites.
I really enjoy my "MAC" computer.
Describe yourself (attitude, personality)…
Energetic, a good listener, off the track a level headed person.
I am looking forward an interesting Roller Sports future.
Describe yourself (likes, dislikes, strengths)…
I like being active and enjoy traveling, enjoy meeting people. Hate phony people and cold weather. I have been told I am very tenacious and never give up. I start the day with the Juiceman to begin the day with energy. Then, stretching exercises and some weight lifting. I skate at least 8 miles or more per day on inlines. And, end the day swimming and relaxing in the swiming pool and hot tub.