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On Feb. 24, Alexandria, Va., resident Sonya “the Black Widow” Thomas, billed as “America’s Newest Phenom” in competitive eating, is slated to display her skills in the District at the World Jambalaya Eating Championship. With a growing fan base, a string of victories, and an unmatched appetite, Thomas is a revolutionary figure—except for her alias. That she shares with another female, Korean-American superstar in a small-time sport: widely televised nine-ball champion Jeanette Lee. Thomas says she came up with her nickname this past September, because “the female spider kills the male spider—I have to kill the men.” Lee’s agent, Tom George, cites his client’s similar inspiration years ago: Lee “looks when she plays like she’s going to devour her prey.” Unless Thomas starts marketing billiard equipment, George says, there’s room for both of them. “We’ll allow her to be the Black Widow as long as she wants,” says George. —Sarah Godfrey