July 4th is known as the Unites States of America’s day of Independence since 1776. Since 2004, it has been known as the day competitive-eating champion Joey Chestnut devours insane numbers of hot dogs. Wednesday, Chestnut ate a world-record 74 hot dogs to win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest.
Here a brief history of the King…
His 2005 performance was an admirable one but it landed himself in third. Then in 2006, he jumped from 32 to 52 hot dogs for a second place finish behind Takeru Kobayashi.
The 2007 contest changed the hot dog eating tides after Chestnut ended Kobayashi’s reign. Chestnut’s 2007 win ended Kobayashi’s six year run.
From 2007 to 2017, Jaws won all but one (2015). That year he ate 60 which were 2 less than the 62 Matt Stonie ate.
He bounced back the following year by crushing the competition. He ate 70 while the next closest (Matt Stonie) only ate 53.
Here is another look at Jaws’ by the numbers over the years:
How good is 34-year-old Chestnut at what he does? Well, he is his own competition.
Time to get up close and personal for a second…
That’s how it is done!
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is the king of competitive eating and has yet to be dethroned. Could you be the one? If not, how close would you be?