Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 27, 2008




Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas is a top-ranked Korean-born American competitive eater from Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas joined the International Federation of Competitive Eating in 2003 and quickly 1.____________ to the top of the ranks, 2.  __________ eating greats such as Cookie Jarvis and Eric Booker.

The 98-pound Thomas is the number four competitive eater in the United States, and 3. is __________ fifth in the world, with 29 world titles. Her nickname “The Black Widow” refers to her ability to regularly defeat men four to five times her size. While the size of her stomach is only 4.__________ larger than normal, her skinny build is perhaps her biggest advantage, 5. __________ her stomach to expand more readily since it is not surrounded by the ring of fat common in 6. _________ heavy eaters. She 7. __________ records in over 25 eating competitions, though none of her wins have come in competitions versus top-ranked eater Takeru Kobayashi.

Her most famous result is 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes (July 4, 2005 at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating 8. __________), setting a then-record for American competitors (which was also the female record).

On August 8, 2005, she 9.__________ 35 bratwursts in 10 minutes, beating the previous 10-minute record of 19.5 bratwursts, 10. __________ her record was beaten in 2006 by Takeru Kobayashi.

1.     a. raised           b. rose           c. arrived          d. reached

2.    a. winning         b. gaining       c. earning         d. beating

3.    a. graded          b. ranked        c. ranged          d. classified

4.    a. lightly            b slightly        c. greatly          d. considerably

5.    a. letting           b. allowing     c. conceding    d. forbidding

6.    a. others           b. all               c. other             d. every

7.    a. holds             b. breaks        c. beats               d. shatters

8.    a. Quiz             b. Trial              c. Contest          d. Challenge

9.    a. consumed       b. used up       c. ate away    d. frittered away

10.   a. although        b. whereas      c. while           d. nevertheless


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