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QI Individual
77125.  Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:44 am Reply with quote

In what sport is 37 year old American Sonya Thomas the leading woman contender and is second in the mixed overall list leaving only Japanese Takeru Kobayashi in front of her?



You wouldn't guess it from her photo but this 105 pound woman holds many world records in the 'sport' of......


Competitive Eating!!!

There even is an International Federation of Competitive Eating.

According to her 'Bib Sheet' there she has managed to munch through the following list of food.

* Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe's Motor Speedway Charlotte / 10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005
* Baked Beans, Long Course: 8.4 Pounds Baked Beans/ 84 Lumber / 2 minutes 47 seconds/ Aug. 7, 2004
* Brats: 35 Johnsonville Brats / Brat Days / 10 Minutes/ Aug. 6, 2005
* Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004
* Chicken Nuggets: 80 Chicken Nuggets / 5 Minutes
* Chicken Wings: 167 chicken wings / 32 minutes
* Chicken Wings, National Buffalo Wing Festival: 161 chicken wings, 5.09 lbs / 12 minutes/ Sept. 5, 2004
* Crab Cakes: 40 Crab Cakes/ Midway Slots / 12 Minutes/ Aug. 21, 2005
* Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds
* Fruitcake: 4 pounds, 14 1/4 ounces Wegmans Fruitcake / 10 minutes/ Dec. 30, 2003
* Hamburger: Big Daddy Burger: 9 pound cheeseburger/ Plaza Hotel Casino / 27 minutes, 0 seconds/ Jan. 21, 2006
* Hamburgers: 7 Burgers (3/4 pound) "Thickburgers" / 10 minutes
* Jambalaya: 9 Pounds Crawfish Jambalaya/ LuLu's Mardi Gras / 10 Minutes/ Feb. 24, 2004
* Maine Lobster/ Kennebunk: 44 Maine Lobsters (11.3 Pounds of meat) from the shell / 12 minutes/ Aug. 13, 2005
* Meatballs: 10 pounds, 3 Ounces Meatballs/ Carmine's Restaurant at Tropicana Hotel Casino / 12 minutes/ Dec. 3, 2005
* Oysters: 46 Dozen Acme Oysters/ Acme Oyster House / 10 Minutes/ Mar. 20, 2005
* Pork, Pulled: 23 pulled pork sandwiches / 10 minutes/ Oct. 3, 2003
* Quesadilla: 31.5 4-inch Cheese Quesadilla / 5 minutes
* Sweet Potato Casserole: 8.62 pounds/ NC State Fair / 11 minutes/ Oct. 20, 2004
* Tacos: 48 soft chicekn tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant / 11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004
* Toasted Ravioli: 4 pounds toasted ravioli by Charlie Gitto's at Harrah's St. Louis / 12 Minutes/ Nov. 20, 2004
* Turducken: 7 3/4 pounds Turducken.com Thanksgiving Dinner / 12 minutes/ Nov. 26, 2003
* Turkey: 4 pounds, 3 ounces roast turkey/ GoldenPalace.com at Artie's Deli / 12 minutes/Nov. 23, 2005

As I mentioned only the Japanese Takeru Kobayashi is (still) above her in the World Ranking List. One of his major feats is eating 57 Cow Brains (17.7 pounds) in 15 minutes (now there's a variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease case waiting to happen if I ever saw one).

That one deserves a definite Eeew! AFAIC. Not in 57 years would you get me to do that.


She is mentioned in Wikipedia.

Here's an interview with her.

And she has her own site.

And here's an 'action shot' of her:



What do we think?

- Just a bit of fun.

- Eating disorder.

- Attention seekers.

- Something else.

And have any of you ever taken part in an eating contest?

 
Feroluce
77135.  Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:22 am Reply with quote

The world champion competitive eater is American?

Who'd a thunk it?! :-D

I know the US is a consumerist society but that's just silly

 
captainzlog
77281.  Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:32 pm Reply with quote

...and then there's Michel Lotito (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel%20Lotito)

 
Jenny
77319.  Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:03 pm Reply with quote

How is she so bloody slim? There's no justice in this world...

 
barbados
77321.  Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:11 pm Reply with quote

QI Individual wrote:

* Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe's Motor Speedway Charlotte / 10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005
* Baked Beans, Long Course: 8.4 Pounds Baked Beans/ 84 Lumber / 2 minutes 47 seconds/ Aug. 7, 2004
* Brats: 35 Johnsonville Brats / Brat Days / 10 Minutes/ Aug. 6, 2005
* Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004
* Chicken Nuggets: 80 Chicken Nuggets / 5 Minutes
* Chicken Wings: 167 chicken wings / 32 minutes
* Chicken Wings, National Buffalo Wing Festival: 161 chicken wings, 5.09 lbs / 12 minutes/ Sept. 5, 2004
* Crab Cakes: 40 Crab Cakes/ Midway Slots / 12 Minutes/ Aug. 21, 2005
* Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds
* Fruitcake: 4 pounds, 14 1/4 ounces Wegmans Fruitcake / 10 minutes/ Dec. 30, 2003
* Hamburger: Big Daddy Burger: 9 pound cheeseburger/ Plaza Hotel Casino / 27 minutes, 0 seconds/ Jan. 21, 2006
* Hamburgers: 7 Burgers (3/4 pound) "Thickburgers" / 10 minutes
* Jambalaya: 9 Pounds Crawfish Jambalaya/ LuLu's Mardi Gras / 10 Minutes/ Feb. 24, 2004
* Maine Lobster/ Kennebunk: 44 Maine Lobsters (11.3 Pounds of meat) from the shell / 12 minutes/ Aug. 13, 2005
* Meatballs: 10 pounds, 3 Ounces Meatballs/ Carmine's Restaurant at Tropicana Hotel Casino / 12 minutes/ Dec. 3, 2005
* Oysters: 46 Dozen Acme Oysters/ Acme Oyster House / 10 Minutes/ Mar. 20, 2005
* Pork, Pulled: 23 pulled pork sandwiches / 10 minutes/ Oct. 3, 2003
* Quesadilla: 31.5 4-inch Cheese Quesadilla / 5 minutes
* Sweet Potato Casserole: 8.62 pounds/ NC State Fair / 11 minutes/ Oct. 20, 2004
* Tacos: 48 soft chicekn tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant / 11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004
* Toasted Ravioli: 4 pounds toasted ravioli by Charlie Gitto's at Harrah's St. Louis / 12 Minutes/ Nov. 20, 2004
* Turducken: 7 3/4 pounds Turducken.com Thanksgiving Dinner / 12 minutes/ Nov. 26, 2003
* Turkey: 4 pounds, 3 ounces roast turkey/ GoldenPalace.com at Artie's Deli / 12 minutes/Nov. 23, 2005


So what does she have for dessert?

 
Tas
77349.  Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:50 am Reply with quote

She had fruitcake halfway through, so she is happy to mix her courses up, I guess.

:-)

Tas

 
djgordy
77352.  Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:58 am Reply with quote

I'm not sure that 'frutcake' is the best choice of words in this context.

 
Icarus
77371.  Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:50 am Reply with quote

She was featured in today's Wall Street Journal, with a review of her training regime and diet.

Quote:
Editor's Note: What's Your Workout? is an Online Journal column that looks at busy people's fitness routines. Here we talk with competitive eater Sonya Thomas about how she trains for the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest held at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.


IFOCE/Matthew Roberts
Sonya Thomas
THE COMPETITIVE EATER

Sonya Thomas has been eating competitively since June 2003 and has set records for wolfing down everything from oysters to meatballs to tater tots. Her ability to outeat larger, male competitors has earned her the nickname "The Black Widow." During the day, the 38-year-old champion eater manages a Burger King restaurant located at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. She lives in Alexandria, Va.

THE WORKOUT

Eating 37 hot dogs is a workout in itself -- certainly not one a personal trainer would prescribe. But for Ms. Thomas, competitive eating is a sport, and just like soccer or baseball, it requires training. Ms. Thomas, who competes in one or two contests a month, gobbling everything from cheesecake to tacos as fast as she can, follows a peculiar regimen that keeps her at the top of her eating game.

VIDEO


See a youtube.com video of Sonya Thomas winning a crab-cake eating contest in Baltimore in April, 2006.To gear up for contests, she constantly tries to maintain or improve her hand speed, eye-hand coordination, jaw strength and stomach capacity. She says her day job as a Burger King manager keeps her hand speed and hand-eye coordination in top form.

"When I'm working I'm non-stop for eight hours, constantly moving and walking around and I can tell my body is working hard," she says. "I'm pulling orders out of windows and scooping fries." She also keeps her jaw in shape by chewing two pieces of sugarless gum at a time throughout the day. Once or twice a week she eats dried squid. "It really exhausts your jaw," she says."You have to keep your jaw strong when you eat so much and are using the muscle for such a long time," she says.

Ms. Thomas says she rarely practices before competitions, noting that it's not healthy to consistently eat large quantities of food in short periods of time. She tried practicing with hot dogs, swallowing as many as she could in six minutes but she felt ill afterward. "I'm not good at practicing," she says. "If it's not for a contest then I don't feel like doing it." When Ms. Thomas isn't used to eating a particular type of food she has to eat in competition, she sometimes practices eating that food quickly for a period of no more than one or two minutes.


IFOCE/Matthew Roberts
Sonya Thomas at Nathan's Hot-Dog Eating Contest in 2005
Ms. Thomas also walks on a treadmill five days a week for 90 minutes at a steep incline and a speed of 4.4 miles per hour. "Sometimes I have to hold on because I'm going so fast," she says. She's been doing the same exercise routine for 10 years.

THE DIET

Ms. Thomas has lost weight since she started eating competitively, dropping down to 100 pounds from 108 pounds in the last three years. At 5' 5", that makes her fairly petite, particularly considering her fondness for eating contests. She attributes the weight loss to her one-meal-a-day diet. Before she began eating competitively she used to snack throughout the day on junk food like potato chips, pretzels or chocolate bars. "Sometimes I'd eat an entire bag of pretzels and I wouldn't even realize," she recalls. She decided it would be better to stop snacking.

THE WORKOUT ROUTINE


Monday: 90 minutes walking on the treadmill. Incline 12-14. Speed 4.4 mph.
Tuesday: 90 minutes walking on the treadmill. Incline 12-14. Speed 4.4 mph.
Wednesday: 90 minutes walking on the treadmill. Incline 12-14. Speed 4.4 mph.
Thursday: 90 minutes walking on the treadmill. Incline 12-14. Speed 4.4 mph.
Friday: 90 minutes walking on the treadmill. Incline 12-14. Speed 4.4 mph.
Saturday: Day off
Sunday: Day offShe now eats one huge meal a day spread over an hour or two and accompanied by nearly a gallon of water or a no- or low-calorie drink. She thinks eating like this stretches her stomach so it can handle the large quantities of food she eats at competitions. She usually eats around 8:30 p.m. when her Burger King shift ends and five days a week her meal is the same: a grilled chicken sandwich without mayo, a king-size order of fries and three 42-ounce Diet Cokes. "Afterwards I'm not so full," she says. "Just comfortable." When she's not at work she usually eats a large salad or sushi and lots of water. She usually avoids eating the day before a competition and if she has a meal, she eats a salad without dressing.

THE COST

Ms. Thomas recently purchased a treadmill for her home that cost about $1,800. She also uses the treadmill at a gym located on the Air Force base. Because Burger King is on the base she can use the facility at no charge.

THE EFFORT

The record Ms. Thomas is most proud of is when she ate 46 dozen oysters in 10 minutes early last year. She set a women's record for eating 37 hot dogs in 12 minute at last summer's Coney Island hot dog competition but she has been unable to win what's considered the top title of competitive eating. She placed second to Takeru Kobayashi last year and hopes to end his five-year winning streak on July 4.

QUESTIONS ON FITNESS?


Email your questions on working out and dieting, plus suggestions and thoughts on the column, to Jen Murphy at workout@wsj.com.
Read previous installments of this column.She says the hardest part of competition for her is staying mentally focused. "I'm very competitive and don't like to lose," she says. "I swallow more slowly than men so usually I start out behind and start thinking I can't win. But I know that they'll eventually slow down when they get full. I don't slow down. My pace from start to finish stays the same."

THE BENEFIT

An eight-hour shift at Burger King is both exhausting and stressful, Ms. Thomas says. She's in charge of managing crew members and dealing with demanding customers. "Sometimes I have a headache at the end of the day but exercise gives me a fresh mind," she says. "Sometimes you don't feel like doing it but once you get started you feel so great."


S: Wall Street Journal, 29 June 2006.

 
Tango 1
77409.  Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:34 am Reply with quote

I ate 72 Hash Browns (not Mcdonalds, the smaller, less greasy shop ones) in an hour for a bet once. I lost because I was supposed to do 80. It is not quite as impressive but it is almost the sickest I have ever felt

 
Tas
77416.  Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:22 am Reply with quote

I once did two 13" Pizzas in an hour....bloated and sick-feeling. My, what fun my mis-spent youth was!

:-)

Tas

 
Twopints
78279.  Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:25 am Reply with quote

Quote:


* Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe's Motor Speedway Charlotte / 10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005
* Baked Beans, Long Course: 8.4 Pounds Baked Beans/ 84 Lumber / 2 minutes 47 seconds/ Aug. 7, 2004
* Brats: 35 Johnsonville Brats / Brat Days / 10 Minutes/ Aug. 6, 2005
* Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004
* Chicken Nuggets: 80 Chicken Nuggets / 5 Minutes
* Chicken Wings: 167 chicken wings / 32 minutes
* Chicken Wings, National Buffalo Wing Festival: 161 chicken wings, 5.09 lbs / 12 minutes/ Sept. 5, 2004
* Crab Cakes: 40 Crab Cakes/ Midway Slots / 12 Minutes/ Aug. 21, 2005
* Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds
* Fruitcake: 4 pounds, 14 1/4 ounces Wegmans Fruitcake / 10 minutes/ Dec. 30, 2003
* Hamburger: Big Daddy Burger: 9 pound cheeseburger/ Plaza Hotel Casino / 27 minutes, 0 seconds/ Jan. 21, 2006
* Hamburgers: 7 Burgers (3/4 pound) "Thickburgers" / 10 minutes
* Jambalaya: 9 Pounds Crawfish Jambalaya/ LuLu's Mardi Gras / 10 Minutes/ Feb. 24, 2004
* Maine Lobster/ Kennebunk: 44 Maine Lobsters (11.3 Pounds of meat) from the shell / 12 minutes/ Aug. 13, 2005
* Meatballs: 10 pounds, 3 Ounces Meatballs/ Carmine's Restaurant at Tropicana Hotel Casino / 12 minutes/ Dec. 3, 2005
* Oysters: 46 Dozen Acme Oysters/ Acme Oyster House / 10 Minutes/ Mar. 20, 2005
* Pork, Pulled: 23 pulled pork sandwiches / 10 minutes/ Oct. 3, 2003
* Quesadilla: 31.5 4-inch Cheese Quesadilla / 5 minutes
* Sweet Potato Casserole: 8.62 pounds/ NC State Fair / 11 minutes/ Oct. 20, 2004
* Tacos: 48 soft chicekn tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant / 11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004
* Toasted Ravioli: 4 pounds toasted ravioli by Charlie Gitto's at Harrah's St. Louis / 12 Minutes/ Nov. 20, 2004
* Turducken: 7 3/4 pounds Turducken.com Thanksgiving Dinner / 12 minutes/ Nov. 26, 2003
* Turkey: 4 pounds, 3 ounces roast turkey/ GoldenPalace.com at Artie's Deli / 12 minutes/Nov. 23, 2005



.....and a wafer thin mint, ah but it's just waffer thin.

 
gerontius grumpus
78446.  Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:13 pm Reply with quote

Eating competitions always remind me of the hard boiled egg eatin race in Coolhand Luke.

 
samivel
78448.  Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:32 pm Reply with quote

I'm not sure it was a race. Wasn't it just Luke involved?

 
Celebaelin
78451.  Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:09 pm Reply with quote

Well you're both right in a way, it was a race but it wasn't against anybody.

Quote:
Luke: I can eat fifty eggs.
Dragline: Nobody can eat fifty eggs.
Society Red: You just said he could eat anything.
Dragline: Did you ever eat fifty eggs?
Luke: Nobody ever eat fifty eggs.
Prisoner: Hey, Babalugats. We got a bet here.
Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.
Loudmouth Steve: Yeah, but in how long?
Luke: A hour.
Society Red: Well, I believe I'll take part of that wager.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061512/quotes

 
samivel
78453.  Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:19 pm Reply with quote

Good work, Celebaelin :)

 

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