Reality and Sanity

June 19, 2007

Juliet Lee Is A Winner!

Filed under: Off-Mainline Competition — Paul @ 8:38 am

Meet Juliet Lee.

Juliet Lee

She recently won a contest.

What do you think she won? Car racing? Fitness, maybe?

No.

Try competitive eating: Petite Woman Downs 26 Franks in 12 Min.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Juliet Lee, a 107-pound salon manager from Maryland, demolished the competition in the 5th Annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 26 franks and buns in 12 minutes.

The contest at the MacArthur Center was a qualifying event for Nathan’s international competition, which ESPN will televise live from Coney Island, N.Y., on July 4.

Lee, 41, was the only woman in Saturday’s field of 13. Her 26-dog meal was substantially more than the men flanking her – and weighing in at 360 and 359 pounds – could manage.

“Seven hundred-nineteen pounds of man, and they are losing to a 107-pound woman!” announcer George Shea yelled into a microphone as the crowd roared.

Mike Cotterell, the large Chesapeake man on Lee’s right, stood and shook his head in wonder as the crowd counted down the last 10 seconds. Lee kept stuffing her cheeks.

“I was kind of thinking I could probably outeat her, but she was incredible,” said Joe Tursi, a 359-pound contractor from Virginia Beach who took second with 15 1/2 dogs.

Major League Eating, which sanctions events and promotes professional eaters, is pushing Lee as a breakout star this year, her rookie season.

“Without any question, she is one of the future leaders of the sport,” Shea said.

She looks like someone who on a dinner date after finishing half her salad and two bites of chicken marsala declares she overate, signaling the waitron to bring a doggie bag. 26 hot dogs? No way.

I am impressed, but my regard is tempered by the resume of one Sonya Thomas, two pounds lighter and currently ranked fourth in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Some highlights from the Thomas ‘Bib Sheet’:

Armour Vienna Sausage: 8.31 pounds Armour Vienna Sausage /Lowe’s Motor Speedway Charlotte / 10 Minutes/ May 28, 2005

Yuck. Vienna Sausage?

Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004

Are you kidding me?

Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds

Whew.

Tacos: 48 soft chicken tacos/ Zocalo Restaurant / 11 minutes/ Sept. 29, 2004

Holy crap. I can eat maybe 10-12.

I noticed hot dogs aren’t on the ‘bib sheet’. I’d love to see her match up against these guys.

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