As thousands of spectators observed the eaters on an elevated stage, the next closest competitor, Tim "Eater X" Janus, ate 35 hot dogs. This is actually amazing," Stonie told ESPN, which broadcast the competition live like the major sporting event its biggest fans say it has become.
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We practice for this. We prepare our bodies," Stonie said. Joey brings it all. I had to push really hard to beat him. But I feel great. According to Nathan's website, and based on the calorie count of one hot dog, Stonie consumed 17, calories, 1, grams of fat, and 48, milligrams of sodium.
Stonie had defeated Chestnut in the past year in competitions featuring Twinkies, poutine, pumpkin pie and gyros. Chestnut, 31, had built himself into a champ with his string of victories, which included setting the record in by swallowing 69 franks.
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He twice reached 68 but last year had fallen off to After his victory last year, he dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend. They have since broken up. Early in the contest, Chestnut seemed to have a slight edge but Stonie moved ahead by half a hot dog after 3 minutes and never looked back. The men's contest came more than an hour after the women competed, with defending champion Miki Sudo capturing first place with a flourish that emphasized strategy rather than condiments.
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She retained the coveted mustard yellow winner's championship belt after downing four more hot dogs than last year and besting Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, who devoured 31 hot dogs. Sudo employed a successful strategy of eating the hot dogs separately from the buns and swallowing the buns after first dipping them in Crystal Light. The colorful holiday tradition draws its share of characters. Someone walked around dressed as a giant hot dog. The spectacle also included a few chanting animal welfare protesters bearing anti-meat signs adorned with fake blood. Security included police dogs that apparently were not thrown off by the scent of the grilled meat, along with police officers on rooftops.
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