Sonya Thomas has been a hot name on the professional food eating circuit as of late. Known to her opponents as the Black Widow, Thomas holds various records for chicken wing competitions, but none is greater than her newest record of woofing down 181 wings in 12 minutes at the National Buffalo Wing Festival on Sunday. But the most remarkable feat – unless you’re just simply floored by a woman who can eat five pounds of chicken without chewing – was who she defeated while setting the record. World hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut could only stand there and watch as Thomas bested him by 12 wings. Clearly a milestone in the women’s
bowel lib movement.
Thomas has 38 records for 35 foods, and her most recent accomplishment prior to the Buffalo Wing Festival was on July 15 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she housed 53 Taco Bell soft tacos in 12 minutes. She’s also single as Pitch.com points out, which is great news for anyone in the market for a 105-pound 42-year old woman who probably sets a personal record for Dutch ovens every day.
But is competitive eating a sport, Black Widow?
Without a doubt! It is the most natural sport of all–everybody eats. So everyone can relate to it. And it takes the same basic qualities to excel as in other sports like baseball, football, or soccer. To be successful you have to use the physical and mental abilities necessary to overcome the challenges that lie before you. This is true, for example, whether stealing a base (baseball), getting a first down (football), or identifying and sustaining the optimal eating pace for the duration of a timed (competitive eating) event, in order to eat as much as possible.
So there you have it, competitive eating is a sport because it involves pacing and timing while forcing food into your face hole. So if you’re incapable of timing your gorging, you’ll just never cut it in professional eating. Tough luck, Khloe Kardashian.