It is a tradition like no other, the Super Bowl of competitive eating, it is the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
On the 4th of July at noon in Coney Island and on ESPN 2, thousands will be watching as some of the most impressive athletes in the world stuff their stomachs with massive amounts of hot dogs and buns at the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
One of the greatest American champions of all time, Joey “Jaws’ Chestnut will look to defend his crown and take home mustard yellow international belt number ten. His only competition figures to be Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie who upset Chestnut in 2015.
Chestnut bounced back in 2016 and set a new record of 70 hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes at the annual contest, breaking his own record of 69 set in 2013. Chestnut will be looking to break his own record again in 2017.
In the women’s competition, Miki Sudo is the favorite coming off a three-peat in 2016 where she ate 38.5 hot dogs. Sudo’s main competition is Sonya Thomas who is also a three-time champ.