2014 women’s Nathan’s finals

Results Official top 3
Larell Marie has the top 6 (Full Results – July 8)
1) Miki Sudo 34 – ends 11 year streak for Sonya as top Coney Island woman
2) Sonya Thomas 27.75 – lowest July 4 total since 2003 debut
3) Michelle Lesco 27
4) Juliet Lee 23.5
5) Meredith Boxberger 18
6) Larell Marie 14
7) Carlene LeFevre 11
8) Neslie Ricasa 10
9) Mary Bowers, 9
10) Marlene Wigginton, 8.5
11) Nicole Pulig, 7.5
12) Nicole Rodriguez, 7

13) Val Bromann 3

Post Contest Coverage

A brief recap of the Sonya Thomas vs. Miki Sudo rivalry:

  • From her IFOCE / MLE debut in June 2013 to April 2013, Sonya thomas maintained a winning streak against other female competiitve eaters for 118 months.
  • After success in local Las Vegas eating contests and challenges, Miki Sudo debuted in Major League Eating at the 2013 Las Vegas qualifier. Her total of 40 hot dogs was the best ever for a Nathan’s debut in a 10 minute contest (and best overall since Kobayashi’s first USA contest in 2001)
  • About a week before the 2013 Nathan’s finals, it is announced Miki Sudo will not compete. A Las Vegas Weekly interview from last month has more on her withdrawal.
  • With Miki Sudo not competing in the 2013 women’s Nathan’s finals, Sonya Thomas wins the female competition for the third year in a row (and maintains an 11 year streak where she is the top performing woman on July 4).
  • In subsequent contests, Miki Sudo would have success against Sonya Thomas, starting a winning streak which is currently at 8 competitions.
  • In December 2013, Miki Sudo (#4) would be ranked ahead of Sonya Thomas (#5), ending a decade where she was the top woman in the IFOCE/MLE rankings
  • Last month, Miki Sudo qualified for the Nathan’s finals. Her total of 40 hot dogs matched her amount from last year and made her the only woman to hit 40+ in the past 23 months. She is currently in New York City and will try to surpass that amount.
  • According to MJP, Miki Sudo has gone from being an +120 underdog to a -150 favorite in online sports casinos.

Contest coverage roundup

  • General
    Val Bromann, who is also competing in the contest, has a contest preview
    USA Today says the women’s contest might have the best drama
  • Sonya Thomas
    WSJ.com video
    Bloomberg.com video
    Fiscal Times article
    Washington.CBSLocal.com article
  • Miki Sudo
    Mental Floss article
    Agence France Press article claims Miki Sudo could dominate. (Miki claims a 10 contest streak vs. Sonya; it appears to be actually 8)
  • Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
    Interview with Womens Health Mag
    WGN TV interview
  • Mary Bowers
    Dana Point Times article

Comments (51)


  1. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    Cant wait to read the contest preview from someone that cant eat more than 4 hot dogs and buns and spent a fortune traveling from Chicago to NY just to rub elbows with Chestnut and Sonya . Reminds me of Fantasy Baseball camp if that still exists

  2. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Funny though she is on stage and you are in your roach infested apartment

  3. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    For those of you that think you will be able to watch the contest live on a basic cable channel you are wrong ESPN news is not ESPN 2 or ESPN its part of an expensive cable package that is not part of the basic service . I will wait till 2pm to watch the rerun if there is other source What a ripoff

  4. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    So far there is no picture on ESPN 3 figures lame station equal lame product

  5. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    The first 6 min was fine then they pull a HEIDI if you know what i mean

  6. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    “From her IFOCE / MLE debut in June 20013 to April 2013, Sonya thomas ”

    Is this correct? Maybe it’s a typo? Did she debut is 2003? I wasn’t following competitive eating then.

  7. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    Whats up with the relatively low totals? Thought both might be able to eclipse 40.

  8. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    Seiken wouldn’t be able to beat any of the women on stage today, loser

  9. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    Aside from Lesco Sonya Larell and Juliet kids from the neat eating contest would have been much better competition in the womans contest. If you excuse me i need a hot dog

  10. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Where is the live blogging or comments?

  11. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    The main event comes up later when BB attempts the deuce and possibly more and no the hotdogs wont be hollowed out

  12. Randy Santel said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    34?? There has to be weather issues or something. It will be interesting to see if the men can break 60 if the same conditions exist. I was expecting to read over 40 for sure. Congrats to all 3!

  13. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    It must have been very hot and humid for tge total to have been so low.

    “Aside from Lesco Sonya Larell and Juliet ”

    You are also forgetting Meredith.

  14. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    The official totals are still not out, and it’s been an hour since the contest has ended. This is why MLE is not a professional organization.

  15. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    Why would Val compete in this contest when she had no chance of finishing in the money and had to pay her on fare???

  16. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    gourmand, get a life and simmer down, dont you think they are more concerned producing the mens contest then posting totals for your sorry ass

  17. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    That’s why MLE is a joke. This would never happen in the NFL.

  18. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    Why wasn’t Molly Schuyler competing?

  19. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    What a digrace to have someone like Miki to win anything on the 4th of July……USA USA USA

  20. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    Ah…I don’t know much about competive eating. Had no idea that there were contractual reasons that some people compete in certain events and not in others. Too bad.

  21. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    Really shows where ass licking gets you . El Turdo wrote a rap song about her practiced with her in his backyard “you got this shit ” and look where it got him? She used her other plane ticket to take someone else

  22. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    Another year and no sign of seiken anywhere on any broadcasts!

  23. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

    Meredith Boxberger looks like a female version of Misterogers

  24. gourmand said

    July 4, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    All the news sources are saying Miki upset Sonya. I think this is contrary to the official latest line.

  25. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    I think the dejected look on Sudo face on the Today show and even on stage was the fact that Seiken doesnt bother with her anymore

  26. anonymous said

    July 4, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

    Some of these selfish eaters should share some of their winnings with the underprivileged eaters and the unfortunate Janus gives away his trophies is a kind gesture but in another sense its like dissing Nathans by implying i have no need for this shit

  27. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 6:43 am

    Sonya is a really tough competitor. It is disappointing that she didn’t finish closer to Miki or beat her though I guess not totally surprising. Sonya has had a long career and maybe she is getting a bit tired of putting her body and her life through these contests. Miki is just starting and is fantastic. But no single person can be the top competitive eater without their supporting cast of eaters. Even the eaters who come in last are important to the overall contests.

  28. Nostradamus said

    July 5, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Though I expect the great Sonya Thomas to have a very rewarding year, I see a very long year for newcomer Miki Sudo, and for any sponsor who hitches their trailer to her wagon of damaged goods.

  29. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    Notice she took the money and ran out of NYC pretty fast before the media caught on to her past . Smart move

  30. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    It is sad that so many belittle Mikis achievement. Suggesting that Sonya didn’t try or got tired of winning is farcical. Results from the past year clearly show who the better eater was. It’s more a matter of stronger talent rising high, which is only to be expected as more people play the game. Sonya Thomas is a legend. Her legendary status paved the way for new eaters like Miki. I salute them both.

  31. Say Cheese said

    July 5, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    This woman craves attention. She did not think this through.

  32. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    I think its great we have a site like eatfeats so we can voice our opinions whether they are negative or positive. In the case of someone like Sudo i woud not look at her say hello to her .As far as im concerned she doesn’t exist .Enjoy your money

  33. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    It is entirely possible that Sonya’s heart just was not in it or she may just be giving this woman enough rope to hang herself.

  34. gourmand said

    July 5, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    I agree with 11:40 AM above, this is a great site. This is the first or second site I go to each day. I was glued to this site yesterday, the biggest CE day of the year. My only wishes are that we could start our own threads, like on a message board, and that our posts here would not be moderated, which can take some time to get posted. You used to be able to post here and not be moderated if you had your own user account.

    My first post on a message board would be “how many competitive eaters have you personally met?” I wonder if anyone has met them all?

  35. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    Is there a reason Molly Schuyler did not compete?

  36. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    What did Carlene Lafervre wind up with, Was she even there?

  37. ojrifkin said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    Molly Schuyler declined to sign the MLE contract like Takeru Kobayashi has.

  38. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    The ifoce doesn’t bother posting all the results. What’s in it for them?

  39. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    I got a great idea Gourmand how bout a competitive eating bootcamp where all of us can get together out in the woods somewhere and sit by a campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallosws while we sit and reminsice about old bedtales and sing lullabies to one another . Of course whoeever runs this camp is going to charge $1500 a head to have the priveledge of rubbing elbows with Miki Sudo and Joey Chestnut . Hey someone has to make a buck or two from this right?

  40. gourmand said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    “The ifoce doesn’t bother posting all the results. What’s in it for them?”

    More money? Just like every other sports organization, from boxing to chess to pro football posts their results.

  41. gourmand said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    ” Hey someone has to make a buck or two from this right?”

    They have similar events in many sports, like pro baseball or football. Like fantasy camp for baseball or VIP fan events in football.

  42. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    They make no more money by posting results from the peanut gallery.

  43. Larellmarie said

    July 5, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

    Anon 357 Yes Carlene was there, she did 11

  44. Yul Brenner said

    July 5, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

    11 ?? The curse of Butiful Brian Sicken has been lifted So it shall be written so it shall be done

  45. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

    Carlene showed up without Rich because he thought Hank might beat him up . Rumor has it he either stayed behind in the hotel and watched the contest on tv or was busy doing the #9 challenge at the Carnegie Deli so he can get the meal for free

  46. anonymous said

    July 5, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

    Did Chestnut propose to Nestea Ricotta before she finished dead last with 10 or after ?

  47. anonymous said

    July 6, 2014 @ 1:24 am

    Once again , Did Carlene even eat or was she too worried about Rich..What a vacation” Also why didnt the Sheas provide security for Rich?

  48. 3am poster said

    July 6, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    I think we finally figured out who the 3am Seiken basher is who talks about roaches and Martha Stewart . Hint : Lives in the west coast and competed in mens hot dog contest on July 4 Any clues ? Hmm Hmm? Figure it out for yourself

  49. anonymous said

    July 6, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    yeah like one more bite at 3 in the morning

  50. gourmand said

    July 6, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    “Did Chestnut propose to Nestea Ricotta before she finished dead last with 10 or after ?”


  51. Brain Sicken said

    July 6, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    After ? Then thats true love

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