Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2018: Here’s How Champion Joey Chestnut Prepares to Break His Record + How to Watch Most American Contest on Fourth of July

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There are several things traditional for Americans on 4th of July and annual Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island is among them. Over the decades, it’s become a major event: tens of thousands of spectators gather to watch the food battle go down, in which dozens of competitors stuff their faces as rapidly as possible with processed meat and buns.

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What is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual American hot dog competitive eating competition. It is held each year on Independence Day at Nathan’s Famous Corporation’s original, and best-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.

In ten minutes, the world’s top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible. Both men and women are invited to participate, although they have to first make the cut in regional pre-event qualifying rounds. Winners receive glory and the famed “Mustard Belt,” but also a monetary prize: first place gets$10,000, second place $5,000, and so on.

Famed competitive eaters

This year’s contestants include famed competitive eaters Joey Chestnut, Michelle Lesco and Miki Sudo.

Joey Chestnut is the all-time hot dog eating champion and claimed the world record for most hot dogs eaten in 2013, when he ate 73 dogs in 10 minutes. That’s more than 12,000 calories.

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Hot dog scarfing legend Joey Chestnut is already preparing his body for war, TMZ reports.

“I’ve already stopped eating,” Chestnut told us Tuesday in NYC … “No more solid food. Probably get a little sugar, maybe a little liquid amino acid but I’m gonna be empty and loose and ready to just tear it apart.”

Joey’s biggest competition is Carmen Cincotti who turns 25 on July 4th. He wolfed down 60 dogs during the 2017 competition and experts say he could be the one to unseat the legend.

Miki Sudo is the four-time female champion with a record of 41 dogs.

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How to watch?

Starting at 10:50 a.m. ET, you can tune into ESPN3 or the ESPN app on your mobile device for live coverage. At noon, coverage will switch to ESPN2. And the men’s event will be re-aired on ESPN2 at both 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET, just in case you need to watch all that hot dog fun again and again.

What’s the schedule?

The women’s contest officially kicks off at 11 a.m. EST, and the men’s event will follow it up at 12:30 p.m. EST. After that, time for everyone to rest and digest.


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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2018: Here's How Champion Joey Chestnut Prepares to Break His Record + How to Watch Most American Contest on Fourth of July
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