Sonya Thomas wins 2012 Women’s Nathan’s finals

update July 5 Juliet Lee’s official total is 33

update 12:20 The AP has a short article

update 11:50 Full Results Part 1 | Part 2

1) Sonya Thomas 45 HDB, women’s record
2) Juliet Lee 43, 33 personal best, second woman to hit 40+
3) Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 25.5, personal best, fifth woman to hit 25+
4) Meredith Boxberger 21.5 probable Canadian record
5) Larell Marie Mele, 21.25 personal best
6) Marie “Edible” 18.5
7) Nicole Anderson 16 (via Nathan’s Famous Canada)
8) Dee Martin 9.5
9) Neslie Ricasa 9
10) Mary Bowers 8.5
11) Theresa Subich 7
12) Mia Davekos 6
13) Molly Nemunaitis 5.5
14) Janice Deregla 3

No-show: Heather Osthoff

update 11:45> The preliminary totals are Sonya Thomas 45, Juliet Lee 41. Both values are personal bests.

update 11:42 Sonya Thomas has surpassed her record of 41

Irving DeJohn of the NY Daily News is live-tweeting from the contest site

Direct link for ESPN3 viewing

Last minute coverage for Nathan’s womens competitors

Comments (35)


  1. JimTheCandleMan said

    July 4, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Congratulations to Sonya and Juliet! Exceptional Job! I turned off the volume 1/2 way through as the announcing was all over the place and a embarrassment to the contenders.

  2. Ron Koch said

    July 4, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    Great job Sonya, geat job Juliet , way to go.. You know what stinks thou is that we cant watch the show until 12 noon west coast time
    Thank heavens for eatfeats..

  3. Juliet is the New Kobi! said

    July 4, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Thanks to Juliet we have the female equivalent to the joey – Kobi slugfest. With Juliet’s sudden surge, she will be the one to beat next year. Juliet has singlehandedly made July 4 interesting again!

  4. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Please correct juluet’s total. MLE gave her credit for 33 bc of her mess. ESPN didnt correct the tallies. She IS NOT the 2nd woman ever to eat 40.

  5. Anonymous said

    July 4, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33

  6. Another Gift said

    July 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    If she was given credit for 33, she got a break.

  7. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    Seriously, Rifkin? You’re posting comments. You’re awake. 33. Fact! Fix it.

  8. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    July 5, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Congratulations Sonya! She accomplished her goal.

    I was also impressed with the totals of Larell and Meredith. A quarter of a dog difference? Hard to visualize.

    Regarding Juliet, she is one heck of an eater, but she would be better and more respected for her efforts if she had more focus.

  9. SPBBBBMBBSTBarlow said

    July 5, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    What ever happened to the “disqualification” for debris thing they were going to start enforcing??? C’mon,almost 25% of the total is deducted, and that’s not a disqualification??? Sounds like they could have fed the crowd with her “leftovers”…Juliet, you are such a great eater – just put ALL the food in your mouth, not on your plates!! Glad to see the eater wives getting involved – and Congrats to Larell for besting the 20 mark!

  10. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    July 5, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    It’s amazing how far CE ladies have come, considering that the totals of three women in this contest (as well as the one last year) would have been enough to win each Finals event prior to 2001.

  11. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    July 5, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    Paul Thx!!! I didn’t hear anything of debris. Perhaps the counter himself was just completely off?? Idk am just saying, could hv been a different reason. In watching the counters’ footage of the men’s, it was apparent they were hvg a bit of trouble getn the correct #s showing

  12. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    If that’s true, she really gets a whole lot of inaccurate counters.

  13. Pat from Moonachie said

    July 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    **looks across the divide** ..You ladies did GREAT!!! ..everybody did GREAT!

  14. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    July 5, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Thx Pat!!! I gotta still learn how to make it look like casual, leisurely eating yet put away ridiculous #s. You know….like you do 🙂

  15. Anonymous said

    July 5, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    So there was a mistake at Crif Dogs and a mistake at Nathans. Counters aren’t perfect but at least the changes are being made. No big deal.

  16. anonymous said

    July 5, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    George and Rich Shea must be laughing their asses off knowing that the big hype was nothing more than a big farce. Arnie Chapman or the Bens Matzah ball crew would have done a much better job at the mic

  17. anonymous said

    July 5, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    I will bet the ranch that Kobayashi right now is boiling mad that those morons decided to correct the plate total the next day and not in his favor Maggie the evil translator must have given him the bad news in Japanese. . There will be no Crif contest next year and thats for the RECORD

  18. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    July 6, 2012 @ 6:59 am sourced in this article about Sonya Thomas:

  19. Anonymous said

    July 6, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    haters haters haters talkin shit even thought they have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes.

  20. I don't miss the bull said

    July 6, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    looks like Juliet is the new crazy legs

  21. anonymous said

    July 6, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    she always was .

  22. anonymous said

    July 6, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Rhonda how come is never sourced in an article? Because this scumbag stole Seiken territory without giving him kudos. Good think Rifkin is not a drug dealer.

  23. Anonymous said

    July 6, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Follow the link(s) and you will understand why eatfeats is sourced in this article.
    8:33 may be trying to be funny but BB is gossip and a lot of hate and lots of unfounded rumors etc. It is his opinions, only his, and his menu is not for everyone. Rifkin stole something? This is such a broken record. What Seiken wants he will never ever ever have because his goals are unrealistic. Mostly he just keeps his name on here hoping that others will go to his site, never ever satisfied. Rifkin is about statistics. The comments are often horrid but he does not write them but does allow them, obviously with some moderation.

  24. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    July 6, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Anonymous 8:33 am, OJ Rifkin “stole” nothing. I have done scores of research papers and can tell you first-hand that if I or anyone else does research, the researcher is free to obtain information from any source, as long as the source from which the information is obtained is credited. OJ does this as well as or better than any other Webmaster I’m aware of, to include those outside of the realm of competitive eating.

    There is no rule or professional ethic dictating that binds a researcher to ascertain the source from which the information or data was “first.” If that were the case it wouldn’t be worth the time.

    Perhaps if the Webmaster behind was more professional and accurate, and less subjective, OJ Rifkin would use for sourced material.

  25. Anonymous said

    July 6, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Rhonda, well said, all of it. Actually I do not think the comment 8:33 referred to OJ “sourcing” BB but rather once again, it is BB’s idea that he and his site should be appearing in an article on the web as a link. Once again, the Webmaster behind needs to decide exactly what he wishes to present and represent and then be satisfied with the results. No one person can be everything. Eatfeats is completely different from If only years ago he accepted the new eatfeats and tried his best to work with it he might have been more satisfied in the outcomes.

  26. I'm missing someone said

    July 7, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    “Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco 25.5, personal best, fifth woman to hit 25+”

    1. Sonya Thomas, 2. Juliet Lee, 3. Stephanie Torres, 4.?, 5. Michelle Lesco

    Who am I missing? Who’s the 4th?

  27. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    July 7, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Carlene LeFevre (in 12 minutes)

  28. anonymous said

    July 7, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    911 am July 6 i have to disagree with you. is not full of hate and unfounded rumors. Most of what he reports on his site is very accurate.. It’s people like yourself that post negative comments about his site being a bad source for news, that deters fans of the sport away from his site.Before the advent of twitter & facebook OJ Rifkin linked 75% of on eatfeats. Yes eatfeats is different from . Its a bulletin board of comp eating news derived from google search engines , twitter and facebook accounts. Once those sources became available to OJ, he figured who needs anymore. I am sure if OJ Rifkin shared the wealth you would see less and less of Seiken or Seiken cronies hijacking threads

  29. anonymous said

    July 7, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    FYI Heather Ostoff was a no show because her mother passed away.

  30. Simply the Best said

    July 7, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Seiken is the best at everything related to competitive eating.

  31. Martha said

    July 8, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Why was Juliet deducted 8 Hot Dogs and nobody else had a deduction?My elementary class brought this question up.

  32. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I think it was a combination of her mess and a botched count.

  33. Anonymous said

    July 8, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    Or it was just a botched count, bc it went from 43 to 33.

  34. Julie said

    July 9, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Great Job Sonya! May you always look & be this happy! WELL DESERVED!

  35. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    July 9, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Thanks for sharing that Julie. That’s one of the best CE pictures I’ve ever run upon. It’s really nice, and well-deserved, that there’s a separate women’s division, so that ladies’ talents can be highlighted.

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