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JULY 4 COMPETITOR BIB SHEETS - WOMEN
7/2/2011

NATHAN’S FAMOUS FOURTH OF JULY INTERNATIONAL HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

2011 COMPETITOR BIB SHEET – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas
Alexandria, VA
5’5”, 105 lbs, 42 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Atlantic City, NJ Qualifier, 34 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min


  • #5 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
  • Favorite Food: hard boiled eggs; has eaten 65 hard boiled eggs in 6 min, 40 seconds
  • Acme World Oyster Eating Champion, 46 dozen Louisiana oysters in 10 min
  • World Crawfish Eating Champion, 3.25 lbs Louisiana crawfish in 10 min
  • World Clam Eating Champion, 26 dozen cherrystone clams in 6 min
  • Has eaten 274 La Costena Jalapenos in 10 min; 2009 Jalapeno Eating Champ
  • World Catfish Eating Champion, 6.75 lbs in 10 min
  • U.S. Buffalo Wing Eating Champion, 4.86 lbs in 12 min.; defeated Joey Chestnut
  • World Cheesecake Eating Champion, 11 lbs. in 9 min
  • Also eating champion in lobster, baked beans and fried okra
  • Holds 24 World Records; hobbies include bowling
  • Ninth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest


Juliet Lee
Germantown, MD
5’4”, 105 lbs, 45 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Pittsburgh, PA Qualifier, 28 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • #12 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
  • World Jellied Cranberry Sauce Eating Champion, 13.23 lbs in 8 min
  • Former Cherrystone Clam Eating Champion, 277 clams in 6 min
  • Became second woman to break 30 Hot Dog & Bun mark, May 2009
  • Ate 160 Shrimp Wontons in Singapore in 2010
  • Has eaten 22.5 Pepperoni Rolls in 10 min
  • Has eaten 6.5 lbs Salt Potatoes in 10 min
  • Fifth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
  • 2008 Major League Eating Rookie of the Year
  • Former chemistry professor in China, now owns a salon in Maryland


Stephanie Torres
Las Cruces, NM
5'0", 105 lbs, 25 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Las Vegas, NV Qualifier 23 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
  • July 4, 2011 will be Stephanie's third-ever speed eating contest
  • Ate 72 oz. steak in first eating challenge, December 2009
  • Loves spicy foods, completed a restaurant challenge featuring a ghost-chili-topped hamburger
  • Has eaten an 8 lb deep dish pizza in 30 min, Has eaten a 5 lb hamburger in 8 min
  • Has eaten 18 1/3 lb. burgers in 10 min
  • Attended New Mexico State University on a cross-country scholarship, currently earning her MBA
  • Is an aspiring poet


Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
Tucson, AZ
5’4”, 115 lbs, 27 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Tempe, AZ Qualifier, 21.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min


  • Ate 3 lb burger (12 ¼ pounders, 12 slices of cheese) in 3 min 47 sec
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
  • Enjoys running while jumping rope, competes in 8 mile obstacle course races
  • Psychology major at Arizona State University and aspiring “service learning” teacher
  • Avid volunteer and participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest


“The Real Deal” Larell Marie Mele
Long Pond, PA
5’6”, 140 lbs, 47 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Newnan, GA Qualifier, 13 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • #32 Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
  • Personal best hot dog total is 15.25 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
  • Has eaten 48 pierogi in 10 min
  • Has eaten 10 pepperoni rolls in 10 min
  • Has eaten 3 lbs curly fries in 10 min
  • Has eaten 7.75 6-inch cheesesteaks in 10 min
  • Is a personal trainer
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest


Maria Sulkin
Clifton, NJ
5’5”, 125 lbs, 26 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Fishkill, NY Qualifier, 13 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
  • Has eaten 17 slices of pizza
  • Has eaten 10 cupcakes in 3 min 25 sec
  • Works as a paralegal and models on a freelance basis


Grace Lee
Atlanta, Georgia
5’2”, 110 lbs, 29 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Charlotte, NC Qualifier, 12.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
  • Specializes in long-distance eating challenges
  • July 4 is her second-ever speed-eating competition
  • Has eaten: five large pizzas, 60 wings, 7 lb burrito, 42 lbs crawfish (weighed in shells), 20 lbs crab legs (weighed in shells), 5lb Macho Totcho
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest


Laura Leu
5’5”, 123 lbs, 33 y/o
Brooklyn, NY
How She Got Here: Won Queens, NY Qualifier, 7 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • Served as a Bunnette in 2008 and 2009, counting for Joey Chestnut as he chowed his way to victory
  • Parents called her "Mouth" for its monstrous capacity and her tendency to constantly shovel food in it
  • Saw first eating competition (spaghetti and meatballs) at local festival in Wisconsin and dreamed to someday be one of those eaters on stage
  • Is a freelance writer for various magazines and blogs, including one about eating meals from every nation in the world without leaving New York City
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest


Lauren Gallagher
North Easton, MA
5’8”, 140 lbs, 28 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Foxborough, MA Qualifier, 3 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min

  • Works as a client specialist at software company
  • First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest