The hot dog eating contest 2010 continued an American tradition. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest 2010 once more brought the best hot dog eaters around the world together. However, this year’s contest was technically missing a legend, at least in competition. Every year, the event focuses on two champions in American Joey Chestnut and Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi. Although Kobayashi dominated this event in the past, the torch has been passed in recent years to Chestnut. Yet, the hot dog eating contest 2010 had everyone talking about Kobayashi – and not because he won or even competed.
The latest Chestnut-Kobayashi showdown never took place this year, because he did not sign a contract. Kobayashi claims that the contract prohibited him from competing in any other contests, while event organizers claim he signed a similar contract every year. The dispute took away most of the suspense in the hot dog eating contest 2010.
Nathan’s annual Fourth of July event was made famous by Kobayashi, but he added a bit of infamy to his legacy yesterday. After Chestnut took an easy win, Kobayashi stormed the stage with a “Free Kobi” t-shirt on, and had to be restrained by police. The six-time champion was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest and trespassing, as he remains in custody pending an interpreter.
Even though the hot dog eating contest 2010 was not supposed to have Kobayashi involved, he wound up upstaging the whole day. In truth, his presence hung over the competition beforehand, as, without him around, Chestnut was never challenged. He won his fourth straight title by nine dogs, and finished with a mere 54 dogs eaten.
By the standards that Chestnut and Kobayashi set in the past, the hot dog eating contest 2010 was a disappointment. A decade ago, 54 dogs looked to be an impossible feat, until Kobayashi doubled the all-time record in 2000. From then on, he shattered records left and right, before Chestnut came to give him a rival.
The balance of power shifted to Chestnut in the past three, as he narrowly defeated Kobayashi every time. Chestnut set the all-time record with 68 dogs last year, and he needed each one to hold off his nemesis. Yet, the hot dog eating contest 2010 allowed Chestnut to take it easy without Kobayashi, at least during the competition.
After this escalation, Kobayashi’s future relationship with the event he made famous is further in doubt. He helped make hot dog eating a competitive event and a Fourth of July tradition at Coney Island, which is even televised on ESPN.
But, if things aren’t settled, the hot dog eating contest 2010 could be the last one with Kobayashi involved in any way, leaving Chestnut to scarf down the attention alone.
New York Daily News- “Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest mayhem as sidelined ex-champ Takeru Kobayashi goes nuts”
CNN- “Former hot dog eating champion arrested”