Michelle “Cardboard Shell” category

ThatsLife.Com.Au has an interview with Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco.
WRBI reports Michelle Lesco ate 5.34 pounds of Van Camp’s Pork and Beans in three minutes to defeat three first responders in an eating contest Wednesday at the Decatur County Fair in Greensburg, IN.
KGUN has an article about Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco's victory in the 2021 Nathan's Famous women's division. She keeps her championship belt in the schoolroom at Roberts Naylor school in Tucson where she teaches math to 8th graders. update News video corresponding to the article.
AZCentral has a profile of Michelle Lesco titled "Arizona woman wins Nathan's hot dog eating contest: How she burped her way to victory".
Daily Mail has an article about former Australian Rules Football star Sam Newman claim that Michelle Lesco had gender-reassignment surgery after failing to qualify for the men's division of Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in 2019. (She has competed in the women's division of the competition since 2011.)

2021 Nathan’s Famous women’s contest

Official results

1st 30.75 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
2nd 24 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Rodriguez
3rd 18.25 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
4th 16 Katie Prettyman
5th 15 Sophia Devita
6th 12.75 Holly Titus
7th 11 Jocelyn Walker
8th 9.5 Kelly Wong
9th 8 Julie Goldberg
10th 7.75 Kathryn Tesch
11th 7.5 Rene Rovtar
12th 7 Kristina Rovtar
13th 5 Prudence DiBenedetto

Today is the 10th anniversary of the inaugural Nathan’s Famous women’s division. Nothing has been heard from the original top 3 in over 20 months, with Juliet Lee and Stephanie Torres passing away and Sonya Thomas going radio-silent after a mystery disqualification in the 2018 finals.

Mary Bowers is a surprise omission. There do not appear to be any unexpected entrants.

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KVOA has a news video about Michelle Lesco competing in Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest in which she says "The title is mine for the taking".
Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco is the guest in the latest episode of Awfully Irish Podcast.
Kate Ovens and Michelle Lesco appear in a compilation video from Tosh.0 on Comedy Central titled "Grossest Food Challenges".

Quarantine expansion puts Nathan’s field in doubt

New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is expanding the list of states whose residents must self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in his state, which will apparently prevent Matt Stonie (CA), Gideon Oji (GA) and Michelle Lesco (AZ) from competing in the 2020 Nathan’s Finals if they cannot get an exemption. Earlier today, Rich Shea appeared to confirm that Michelle Lesco will not be able to compete. Joey Chestnut is already in New York, so he is not affected by the directive.

update MLE has announced Nick Wehry will replace Matt Stonie.

update July 1 George Chiger will replace Gideon Oji.

update July 1 #2 A press release lists Miki Sudo, Katie Prettyman and Larell Marie Mele as female competitors. Katie Prettyman does not think that Sarah Reinecke and Sophia DeVita will compete due to schedule conflicts.

update July 2 NJ.com reports Rene Rovtar will be the 4th female competitor.

update July 2 #2 Julie Goldberg will apparently complete the women’s field.

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Michelle Lesco announced that her competing in the 2020 Nathan's finals is in doubt due to New York's requirement that Arizona residents self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival in the Empire State.
Michelle Lesco eating 2.448 kg (86.35 oz) of mayonnaise in 3 minutes made Guinness World Records 2019 Records Round-up.
George Chiger and Michelle Lesco set the record for the Carnivore Challenge pizza at Big Pie in the Sky, seen in the Atlanta episode of Man v Food.
Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco completed the 72 ounce steak meal at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX in 21:13, which I think is the fastest time for a female excluding Molly Schuyler's results.
Michelle Lesco ate a hot dog without using her hands in 21.60 seconds to set a new Guinness World Record. "Furious" Pete Czerwinski held the previous record of 27.13 seconds.
A video of Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco breaking the Guinness World Record for mayonnaise eating has surpassed 30 million views according to facebook.
Youtube has a Guinness World Records video about Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco documenting her attempt to set the mayonnaise eating record and break the fastest time to eat a single hot dog without use of hands. (via Big Eaters Club & PhillyD) update The Guinness website has an article about Michelle Lesco.
Tuscon Foodie has a post about Miki Sudo and Michelle Lesco completing the 6 pound burrito challenge at Red Desert BBQ. Miki Sudo finished two of the challenges weighing 12 pounds 1.2 oz. in 26:52.
Men's Health has a joint interview with Derek Jacobs, Geoffrey Esper, Matt Hazzard, Michelle Lesco, Nick Wehry, Ronnie Hartman and Sophia DeVita about their training regimen for Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.

2019 Las Vegas Nathan’s qualifier

YourPHX.com has an interview with Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco about her runner-up finish in the women's Nathan's famous finals.
Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco has posted a video of a training session where she hopes to eat 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes. She will post a training video for every $110 she raises for Charity Water.

2018 Las Vegas Nathan’s qualifer

update May 8 The Laughing Lion has a video

Results via El Toro periscope (official results)
1) 42.5 Max Suzuki, highest total on 2017-18 circuit so far
2) 25.5 Tom Gilbert
3) 17.75 Ron Koch, final MLE contest

1W) 29 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco, highest female total on 2017-18 circuit

Tom Gilbert is expected to be the primary threat to Max Suzuki. This will be his first MLE contest since the 2013 Las Vegas Nathan’s qualifer. His total of 31 was the highest non-winning total on the 2012-13 circuit, but he did not receive the wild card spot in the finals which went to Erik Denmark.

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Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco ate 150g of pasta in 26.69 seconds on AZFamily.com to promote Oregano’s Pizza and St. Mary’s Food Bank’s “Carbs For A Cause” . The time broke the Guinness record of 41 seconds, which requires diners to use a fork and not lift the plate of the table. Youtube Video

2017 Women’s Nathan’s Finals

Full results: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Meghan Drake did not compete. Daniella Gioia’s total was not given

1st 41 Miki Sudo personal best
2nd 32 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco personal best, non-Asian women’s record (Schuler 31)
3rd 30 Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas
4th 25 “The Lovely” Juliet Lee
5th 18 Sophia Devita
6th 17 Meredith Boxberger
7th 15 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Reinecke
8th 14 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
9th 13 Kassandra Zapata
10th 12 Carlene LeFevre
11th ? Daniella Gioia
12th 8 Mary “I Love ’em HOT!” Bowers
12th 8 Liz McClurg
12th 8 Rene Rovtar
12th 8 Marlene Wigginton
16th 7.75 Stevie “Eats a Lot” Palmer
17th 6 Deborah Bethea
17th 6 Danielle Leppert-Simenauer

ESPN could have truncated Sportscenter to televise the women’s contest or put it on in place of a rerun of the 2016 men’s contest on ESPN Classic.

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