Tuesday, August 09, 2005

This woman can eat

This is one very unusual person.
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Sonya Thomas, at 99 pounds, gobbled her way to another speed-eating title over the weekend by attacking a Wisconsin staple - the bratwurst.
The woman known as the Black Widow on the competitive-eating circuit downed 35 brats in 10 minutes to win the first Johnsonville Brat-Eating World Championship. She edged out her nearest competitor by half a brat to win.
"I don't know where she puts it," spectator Sue Van De Kreeke said. "I got sick watching her."
The previous bratwurst-eating record was 19 1/2 brats in 10 minutes.
Thomas, a Burger King manager from Alexandria, Va., is ranked second by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, which sanctioned Saturday's contest during Brat Days. Her various eating records include ones for hard-boiled eggs (65 in six minutes 40 seconds) and chicken wings (167 in 32 minutes).
The day before the bratwurst-eating contest, she won a grilled-cheese-sandwich eating contest in San Diego, eating 22.

This woman has her own Web site, which offers her secrets on being able to consume copious quantities of various comestibles.
The big question?
HOW CAN YOU STAY SO THIN? YOU EAT SO MUCH FOOD IN COMPETITION. These competitions and eating events occur but once or twice a month. They are the exception--not the rule.
There was a time, more years ago than I care to discuss, that I could polish off a giant pizza in under 10 minutes... and did so on a few occasions for the price of that pizza.
No more.
I can only marvel at Sonia the Black Widow, as she calls herself.
But El Wingador still rules!