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July 4th Competitor Bib Sheets - WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
6/29/2012

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

2012 COMPETITOR BIB SHEET – WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas
Alexandria, VA
5’5”, 100 lbs, 44 y/o
How She Got Here: Sponsor’s Exemption (2011 Women’s Champion)
•#4-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Tenth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•5-Time U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Champion, 6.43 lbs in 12 min.; defeated Joey Chestnut
•Acme World Oyster Eating Champion, 47 dozen Louisiana oysters in 8 min
•Wild Turkey 81 Eating Champion, 5.25 lbs of turkey in 10 min
•World Crawfish Eating Champion, 3.25 lbs Louisiana crawfish in 10 min
•Won Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Qualifier (Augusta, GA), 140 wings in 10 min
•World Clam Eating Champion, 26 dozen cherrystone clams in 6 min
•Has eaten 274 Jalapenos in 10 min; 2009 Jalapeno Eating Champ
•World Cheesecake Eating Champion, 11 lbs. in 9 min
•Also eating champion in lobster, baked beans and fried okra
•Holds 25 World Records; hobbies include bowling
•Favorite Food: hard boiled eggs; has eaten 65 hard boiled eggs in 6 min, 40 seconds

Juliet Lee
Germantown, MD
5’4”, 105 lbs, 46 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Las Vegas Qualifier, 27 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#9-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Sixth consecutive year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•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 219 Shrimp Wontons in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011
•Has eaten 22.5 Pepperoni Rolls in 10 min
•2008 Major League Eating Rookie of the Year
•Former chemistry professor in China, now owns a salon in Maryland

Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
Tucson, AZ
5’4”, 115 lbs, 28 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Tempe, AZ Qualifier, 24 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#19-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Has eaten a 3 lb burger (12 ¼ pounders, 12 slices of cheese) in 3 min 47 sec
•Enjoys running while jumping rope, competes in 8 mile obstacle course races
•2012 graduate of University of Arizona, currently studying for AZ teaching certification
•Competition winnings will support Charity: Water
•Avid volunteer and participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization

Maria “Edible”
Queens, NY
5’5”, 125 lbs, 27 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Citi Field (Queens, NY) Qualifier, 20 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#29-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Placed 4th in Wild Turkey 81 Eating World Championship, 3.7 lbs in 10 min
•Ate 9 Philly Cheesesteaks in 10 min at World Cheesesteak Eating Championship
•Ate 11 Cannoli in 10 min
•Has eaten 48 cupcakes in 6 min
•Works as a paralegal and models on a freelance basis

Larell Marie Mele
Long Pond, PA
5’6”, 140 lbs, 48 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Atlantic City, NJ Qualifier, 18.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#30-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•Second year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Has eaten 13 cannoli in 6 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

Meredith “Deep Fried Diva” Boxberger
Representing Canada
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
5’8”, 130 lbs, 26 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Garden City, MI Qualifier, 17 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•#31-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Placed 3rd in the Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship Qualifier, 82 wings in 10 min
•Placed 4th in the Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship with 4.1 lbs in 10 min
•Placed 5th in the World Deep Fried Asparagus Eating Championship with 4 lbs, 14 oz in 10 min
•Former nationally ranked figure skater
•Attended Wayne State University on a softball scholarship

Nicole Anderson
Representing Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5’5”, 115 lbs, 28 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Calgary, Canada Qualifier (Canadian Division) 12 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Works as an Oil and Gas Engineer

Neslie “Sweetness” Ricasa
San Jose, CA
5'3", 119 lbs, 24 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Thackerville, OK Qualifier, 10.25 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Joey Chestnut's girlfriend, which she considers a full-time job
•Accounting student. Future CPA.

Molly Nemunaitis
Gates Mills, OH
5'6", 145lbs, 19 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Cleveland, OH Qualifier, 10 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Student at John Carroll University, nanny, and part-time waitress

Dee Martin
Roopville, GA
5’6”, 220 lbs, 36 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Charlotte, NC Qualifier, 10 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Married to #48-ranked eater Steve "Pi Guy" Martin
•First MLE competition was a 2011 Nathan’s Qualifier in Newnan, GA

Mary Bowers
Dana Point, CA
5’3”, 120 lbs
How She Got Here: Wildcard Winner, Las Vegas, NV Qualifier, 9 ½ Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Has eaten 11 wild boar sausages in 8 min
•Has competed in pretzels, burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks

Theresa “Snow Day” Subich
Johnstown, PA
5’9”, 140 lbs, 46 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Pittsburgh, PA Qualifier, 9 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Assistant to the School Superintendent
•Husband is “Big” Brian Subich, #21-Ranked Eater in the World by Major League Eating

Mia “Meatballz” Davekos
Boston, MA
5’6”, 125 lbs, 37 y/o
How She Got Here: Won Boston, MA Qualifier, 8 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Ate 7 dozen Louisiana Oysters in 8 min at the Acme World Oyster-Eating Championship
•Husband “Pretty Boy” Pete Davekos is #14-ranked eater and competing in the Men’s Championship
•Is a registered nurse
•Training for a half marathon
•Appeared on Season 9 of Survivor

Janice Deregla
Chicago, IL
5’3”, 105 lbs, 28 y/o
How She Got Here: Won St. Paul, MN Qualifier, 6.5 Hot Dogs & Buns in 10 min
•First year at Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Contest
•Bartender and DJ (aka DJ GetSome)
•Boyfriend Tim “Gravy” Brown is #10-ranked eater and competing in the Men’s Championship
•Former vegan