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題名: 13 - Year - Old Wins Rotten Sneaker Contest
記者: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
発行日: March 21, 2007
For these well-worn 1 1/2-year-old Nikes, the smell is only the half
Ripped on the right toe, with red and yellow duct tape holding one
together and frayed laces on both, they looked like something from
Thirteen-year-old Katharine Tuck used them to play soccer, basketball
and other sports, hiked in them and waded into the Great Salt Lake,
where they became infiltrated with brine shrimp.
On Tuesday, she out-ranked six other children to win the 32nd annual
National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, stinking up the joint
with a smell so noxious they had the judges wincing.
The sneakers smell as bad as they look, and the Utah seventh grader
is $2,500 richer because of it.
''I'm so proud of the little stinker,'' said her mother.
The contest was founded in 1975 as a sporting good store promotion
and is now sponsored by the manufacturer of anti-foot odor products.
Odor-Eaters paid to fly eight final contestants -- each with a
parent -- to Vermont.
Tuck almost didn't make it: Her flight to Newark, N.J., was delayed,
forcing her and her father to miss a connecting flight to Vermont.
They drove the rest of the way.
The day of the contest, children from around the nation who have won
state-level competitions for the generally cruddy condition of their
footwear competed for the grand prize.
Clad in Odor-Eaters baseball caps and Odor-Eaters T-shirts, each
contestant had to jump in place once and make one full turn in place
before taking off his or her sneakers and handing them to the judges.
It was 24 degrees outside, but only one of them wore socks -- since
foot sweat is a plus in this game.
After the judges' decision was announced, Tuck shyly granted
Was she proud? ''Yeah, I guess.''
''She's going to put this on her first job application,'' said her
''No I'm not!'' she said.