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02/05/2018 07:28 pm ET Updated Feb 15, 2018

America Wins Its Third Roller Derby World Cup In A Row

The U.S. team rolled over the competition.

The Super Bowl gets more publicity, but competition at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup was just as heated.

From Feb. 1-4, 38 teams from all over the world rolled into Manchester, England, to show they weren’t just spinning their wheels.

For those not in the know, here’s a quick primer on the rules of the roll, courtesy of the BBC:

  • Two teams of five ― four “blockers” and one “jammer” ― skate counter-clockwise around an oval-shaped track.

  • The blockers keep the other team’s jammer from completing laps around the track, while helping their own jammer get past the other team.

  • Blockers are allowed to use shoulder, hip and full body contact to prevent the jammer from passing.

The competition, heated as it was, came down to two teams: The U.S. and Australia, who competed on Sunday for the title.

Ultimately, the U.S. beat the Aussies handily by a score of 187-146. It marks the third straight World Cup victory for the American team since the competition started in 2011.

Some of the photographic highlights of the tournament appear below:

  • Mexico and Switzerland compete in the Roller Derby World Cup on Feb. 4 in Manchester, England.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Mexico and Switzerland compete in the Roller Derby World Cup on Feb. 4 in Manchester, England.
  • USA and Australian teams competed in the finals, which the U.S. won 187-146.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    USA and Australian teams competed in the finals, which the U.S. won 187-146.
  • Scotland and Germany compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Scotland and Germany compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
  • Roller derby fans enjoy the Roller Derby World Cup.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Roller derby fans enjoy the Roller Derby World Cup.
  • A member of the Costa Rica team prepares to compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    A member of the Costa Rica team prepares to compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
  • Switzerland gets ready for a match.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Switzerland gets ready for a match.
  • A skater for Costa Rica on the track.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    A skater for Costa Rica on the track.
  • England's team goes up against Canada's.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    England's team goes up against Canada's.
  • USA gets physical with Spain.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    USA gets physical with Spain.
  • Members of the Spanish team compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Members of the Spanish team compete in the Roller Derby World Cup.
  • The USA gets rolling against Spain.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    The USA gets rolling against Spain.
  • The USA team celebrates its victory in the Roller Derby World Cup.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    The USA team celebrates its victory in the Roller Derby World Cup.
  • Members of the USA team hoist their trophy after winning the third tournament in a row.
    Shirlaine Forrest via Getty Images
    Members of the USA team hoist their trophy after winning the third tournament in a row.

CORRECTION: A wire photo caption in a previous version of this story indicated the U.S. team had won the tournament for the third year in a row. It was the third tournament in a row, but the tournament is not annual.

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