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What is a Roller Derby wedding?

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Competitors from Team Unicorn and the D'Viants compete during Bout One of the Sydney Roller Derby League on May 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

If you like major adrenaline in your sports but two people punching each other in the face isn't your thing, you might like the dangerous punk rock sporting event on tap in Vegas this weekend: Roller Derby. 

It's the annual convention of skaters and derby aficionados known as Roller Con. Competitors from throughout the world will participate in specialized training seminars and face off in bruising bouts. 

As you may know, our own Alex Cohen — Axles of Evil — is a former Derby Girl. She competed for LA's Derby Dolls. 

This week, before she took off, Alex told us about a little something extra special that happens at this event: The Derby Wedding.

Yes, it's a union between two women, aka Your Derby Wife.

It's not romantic. It's not even about being best friends. It's about choosing -- and celebrating -- your partner in skates.

"Here is this woman that I've met one time who's kind of like, I choose you, you're going to be my buddy. No matter what happens in this, I choose you, we're a team," said former skater Jennifer Barbee, aka Kasey Bomber, describing what it was like meeting her Derby Wife: 

Barbee co-wrote the book "Down and Derby" with our host and she also wrote the vows still used at the weddings:Ah, true love. The 10th annual derby wedding will take place at the Riviera Resort Friday night at 9 a.m. 

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