Joey Chestnut : American Hero
By this time in his career, Joey Chestnut has finally overtaken Takeru Kobayashi in the American consciousness when it comes to the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut has won every title since 2007, which gives him eight total to Kobayashi’s six. He topped his own record in 2013, setting a new mark at 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. He is now the undisputed Hot Dog Eating Champion of the World, and a legend in competitive eating.
On Friday July 4th, Joey Chestnut will once again defend his Mustard Belt title at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island. The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has become a 4th of July sports tradition, with ESPN broadcasting the event for 10 years straight, and renewing their contract for the next 10 years. So we thought it would be a good time to take a look at what an amazing athlete Joey Chestnut is. For instance, this ESPN graphic from last year shows exactly what a feat it is to eat 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes :
Chestnut was also featured in an amazing installment of Sports Science back in 2011, which further examines his athletic prowess :
…leading up to his 8th straight title last year, Joey Jaws sat down with the Fat Jew for a Vice Sports interview.
Take off your shoes and chug some milk as the two of them talk everything from Kobayashi to how much blue cheese they could take down in two minutes and all the times that Joey has shit his pants.
Ok, so maybe that was too much information. Good luck Joey, go get em!