You may know that the World Champion of Women’s Eating is Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who lives in Huntington, in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. At 5 feet 3 inches and 100 pounds, she has the world record, for men and women, for eating Vienna sausages, baked beans, buffalo chicken tenders, chili cheese fries, turducken (chicken stuffed into a duck, which then is stuffed into a turkey) and many other things which shouldn’t be eaten fast in mass quantities.
And on the Fourth of July, at Nathan’s on Coney Island, she broke her own world women’s mark by pounding down 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The video below of ESPN’s live coverage of this is fairly unwatchable, but has the classic overheated play-by-play, graphics showing Thomas’s best hot dog performances and sideline commentary from someone who doesn’t appear to have ever come near a hot dog.
But Northern Virginia Magazine has many more things that you didn’t know about The Black Widow, courtesy of a fine story by Dave Seminara: Her day job is managing a Burger King; she fasted for two days before a Ben’s Chili Bowl-eating competition; her original name was Lee Sun-Kyung and she grew up in South Korea poor and hungry, which I suppose we could have guessed.