The 4th of July reminds everyone of apple pie, fireworks and now Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The evolution of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has to grown to monstrous proportions. As news of Takeru Kobayashi possibly pulling out of the famous contest grew (see New York Daily News story here), every Internet website news group had picked up the news within hours.
News of Kobayashi’s Absence Received With Ridicule By Joey Chestnut
When told of Kobayashi’s possible snub of this years Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest, Joey Chestnut was quoted in the New York Daily News story, “There is no other competitor,” said Chestnut. “If he doesn’t compete, it’s a victory for me because I would have scared him away.” Chestnut sounds boastful but it has been true since 2008, Chestnut himself is his only competition.
Chestnut and Kobayashi last faced off against each other in a shrimp won ton eating contest in Singapore. Chestnut devoured 380 to Kobayashi’s 370. Chestnut trailed by as many as 15 won tons until pulling off the victory late in the contest. See the full recap by the IFOCE website.
Can anyone challenge Joey Chestnut for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Title?
Joey Chestnut appears confident by word and deed heading into this years Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest as he should be. Chestnut beat Kobayashi by four dogs in 2009 and although he finished the regulation 10 minutes tied with Kobayashi in the 2008 contest, only beating him by a half dog in the overtime period, he did beat the third place eaters the last three years by 13 dogs in 2009 and 17 dogs in 2008 and 2007.
Possible challengers to Joey Chestnut could be stars of the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifiers across the country. Joey’s nearest competitor could be Bob Shoudt. Believe it or not Shoudt is a vegetarian according to his profile but once on the podium he is a voracious eating machine.
Patrick Bertoletti is the up and comer in the IFOCE and he could be on the verge of a miracle win to capture his first Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Aside from the two there will have to be an unknown from the the regional qualifiers that could challenge the untouchable Chestnut.
Long Shots to Win the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest
There are two long shots on paper that can shock the world and unseat reining champ Joey Chestnut in this years Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest. The first is Ben Monsoon, a personal trainer that represents the evolution of the sport of eating. Monsoon has already defeated Joey Chestnut in a Flautas eating contest.
The second long shot with a legitimate shot at Chestnut is Damon Wells. Wells set a record in his very first competition and is ranked 28th in the world by the IFOCE. Look for Wells to at least make the top five and possibly shock the eating world if a few of the top eaters have an off day.
The Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest will be televised live on ESPN at noon Eastern time.
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