The history of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

10-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut defended his title Tuesday at the showdown on the Coney Island boardwalk. Carmen Cincott, of Mays Landing, N.J., finished far behind with 62.

The 33-year-old reigning champion beat his own world record of 70 dogs and buns, which he set at last year's contest, according to ESPN.

"The activists were protesting because companies like Nathan's promote violence against animals by showcasing people eating them for profits and notoriety", Direct Action Everywhere said in an emailed statement. "I was sweating like a mad dog". I ate two hot dogs at a barbecue Tuesday and my taste buds were like, "Mike, that's good, man". Kobayashi, who once took on a Kodiak bear in a hot-dog eating contest for a televised special, went into a career tailspin after the loss and soon found himself on the fringes of the sport. It's not like going to a buffet. "I make my body work for me and I've been really lucky for how it's performed". After the contest, as the competitors were chatting casually and exchanging war stories (as a one-time eater, I didn't have much material), Thomas came up and asked me how many kolaches I ate.


Eating contests have become popular in the United States and various forms are held across the country throughout the year. She downed 38 dogs/buns in 2016, beating Thomas by three. That came in a qualifying event a year ago.

On the ladies side - Miki Sudo took home her fourth consecutive Nathan's title, along with the pink belt, the women's prize. Curly's asks adults to eat four hot dogs as quickly as possible instead of giving them a fixed amount of time to eat as many as they can.

The event will be aired live on ESPN2 and streamed live on the WatchESPN app.


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