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|Proudly serving our military,
|as fast as I can eat!
|Some of my Competitive Eating Trophies
|2016 is my 14th year as "The Black Widow!"
2016-07-02: Good luck to all competitors, male and female, in Monday's
July 4th annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island, of which I've been a proud participant since
2003, when I ate 25 Hot Dogs and Buns (HDBs). Nine years later, I was very happy to set the (Women's) record of 45 HDBs
on July 4, 2012.
It remains an honor to be on the stage at Coney Island on the 4th of July, yet again, for the
14th consecutive year, to eat those tasty Nathan's Famous DOGS!
May each and every fan of THE BLACK WIDOW have the
best 4th of July ever!
I am ever-so-proud to be an American, and I am so thankful to those who protect our freedom each and every day.
2016-04-21: I was very, very sad to hear about the death of Prince. He was one of my very favorite musicians
of all time. Prince was a musical genius, and neither he, nor his music, will ever be replaced in my heart.
One thing about me, I will never, ever, forget the great competitive eaters, on whose shoulders I stood, who made me successful
through my 13 years as a competitive eater. They include, but are not limited to (and are in no particular order), Mike,
"The Scholar" Devito, Ed "The Animal" Krachie, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Ed "Cookie"
Jarvis, "Hungry" Charles Hardy, Don "Moses" Lerman, "Crazy Legs" Conti, Rich and Carlene Levre,
"Beautiful" Brian Seiken (for his outstanding, devoted coverage of my escapades), "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz,
David "Coondog" O'Karma, Dale "Mouth of the South" Boone--and the man who inspired me to begin my competitive
eating career in 2003, Takeru Kobayashi.
You don't know where you are, unless you know where you came
from ... and I have so much and so many to be thankful for.
I am absolutely not done
eating competitively, I just want to show my appreciation.
2015-12-12: ADDED: FAQ 79: AFTER
MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF EATING COMPETITIVELY, HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH AND PHYSIOLOGY, AND IF SO, WHAT
EFFECT DOES THAT HAVE ON YOUR EATING ABILITY? Sure, there have been some changes, physiologically, but my health remains
fine. I have never had a need for any kind of medication, whatsoever. My blood pressure, cholesterol,
heart rate, etc. are all fine. However, more related to competitive eating, over
the past couple of years it has become more difficult to swallow quickly. It's like my body saying, "Hey,
give me a break!" After forcing things down my esophagus so quickly for so many contests, my body is fighting back.
It's watching out for me. Also, as I've gotten older my metabolism has slowed a little bit, not a lot, but some.
One thing that hasn't changed is my stomach capacity. It's still there, but in a timed contest of 10 minutes or less
it doesn't come into play. The last time I was close to being full after a contest was after oysters earlier
this year, as I only had room for another 5 or 6 dozen, or so.
2015-09-25: ADDED: FAQ 78: SONYA, WHAT PREPARATION ADVICE CAN
YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING COMPETITIVE EATER? I am not the best person to ask about preparation, since I do not practice
at all. Any talent I might have is only natural ability. So, I can only say, be safe at all cost, and if you
must practice, be sure to have an EMT standing by.