Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Atom Wheels welcomes DANTE MUSE!

1985 - Doug Glass in 2nd, Dante Muse in 3rd

Atom Wheels is proud to announce Dante Muse - the most prolific quad skater on the planet! Dante skated on the US World team with Atom Wheels' co-owner Doug Glass from 1986-1991. Dante went on to compete at the world level until he retired in 1996. Atom Wheels Co-brand, Luigino, is working diligently on a quad plate and boot set to introduce this summer. Dante is a huge asset considering his skating experience and product expertise. Look for more information on boots and plates coming soon at and

I was born in Ames, IA in 1966. I learned to skate before I could walk at the skating rink my family managed. The rink was destroyed by a tornado, causing the family to move back to Des Moines for work. My parents built the first of 4 skating rinks in 1971. Our house was built into the rink, so I grew up into rollerskating.
I started competing in speed and artistic at 5 years old. I stopped doing artistic at around 11 or 12 yrs old and competed solely in speed. I won my 1st nationals in 1982. I made the U.S. national team in 1985. I became a many time national champion as well as winning 14 world titles from 1985-1994 on both quads and inlines. I competed in my last indoor nationals in 1996. I was inducted into the rollerskating hall of fame in 2003. I traveled all over the world racing and teaching, that is how I met my wife Romina (AKA Stella Italiana). She was a member of the Italian national team.
I stopped racing in 1998 and that is when I was introduced to aggressive skating, which I still continue to do today.
My wife and I run one of our family’s 4 skating rinks in Des Moines, IA and we have a 3 yr old daughter named Lorenza. She started skating at 10 months old.
I am currently a coach for the Des Moines Derby Dames, and just recently started playing mens derby.
I’ve long retired the spendex, but for me, my life still rolls on!
-Dante Muse

Atom Wheels Signs Front Runner - Quad Almighty!

Atom Wheels proudly introduces 2011 Front Runner - Steve Haldeman aka Quad Almighty!

Quad Almighty coaches derby for the Cincinnati Rollergirls and also plays for Harm City Homicide. He founded and captained Midwest Men's Roller Derby and is a member of Team SeXY. When he's not coaching derby or playing he's practicing or studying derby! Occasionally, he blogs about derby. Quad is a charter member of the Find a Ref a Friend Foundation and is an advocate for the humane treatment of referees everywhere. Quad was born a pirate and currently resides in Ohio.
"Atom Wheels are the most important piece of equipment I use. They are without question the most versatile and consistent wheel on the market. I wouldn't recommend anything else."

Atom Wheels Signs STELLA ITALIANA!

Atom Wheels is proud to introduce our newest ALL STAR - Stella Italiana!

Name: Romina Muse
Derby Name: Stella Italiana, #30

My derby name means “Italian Star.” I was born and raised in Italy, where I began speed skating at the age of 3. I competed for the Italian national team, which is how I met my husband, Dante, who was a member of the US team. I moved to Des Moines, IA, in 2003. Currently, my husband I manage a roller rink in Des Moines and chase around our 3 year old daughter, who already holds her own on skates.
I started playing roller derby in January 2010. The Des Moines Derby Dames were practicing at our rink and I began to consider playing derby. Later, I heard that Atomatrix, a friend of mine from my speed skating days, was playing derby and she loved it. After hearing this, I decided to give it a try and was hooked right away.
I currently skate for the Des Moines Derby Dames and will also begin skating for the Oly Rollers during the 2011 season. Additionally, I am delighted to be the coach of Iowa’s first junior roller derby team, the Des Moines Derby Brats. I truly enjoy exposing derby to the youth in my community and love to watch them learn the ins-and-outs of the game.
I am excited for what this year has in store for me. I would like to thank Julie and Doug for allowing me to be a part of Atom All Stars. I would also like to thank my husband and #1 fan, Dante – I couldn’t do it without your help and support.