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After a nine-year absence from the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Carlene LeFevre will return to the table this Fourth of July.
In her last hot dog eating contest, July 4, 2005, the competitive eater ate 25 hot dogs, securing seventh place (this was before the contest split into two — men and women competed against each other). Coming out of retirement, for this year’s Las Vegas qualifier, Carlene’s 13 hot dogs in 10 minutes total was about half that amount, but she has time to continue training before Independence Day.
Before withdrawing from the competitive eating sphere, Carlene LeFevre and her husband, Rich LeFevre, were top ranked eaters. In her career, she’s finished the 72 ounce steak from the Big Texan steakhouse in Amarillo, Texas, numerous times, and finished contests with 3.95 pounds of ribs, 20.5 sandwiches, and 30 doughnuts. In 2004 Carlene Lefevre won the Sky City Posole Eating Contest by devouring 109.75 ounces of posole in 12 minutes.
Qualified: April 26, 2014
Qualifier: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total: 13 HDBs
MLE Rank: N/A