TODAY'S PAPER
38° Good Afternoon
38° Good Afternoon
NewsNew York

Nathan's 2012 hot dog-eating contest

Tim

Tim "Eater X" Janus, left, and five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, right, compete in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship in Coney Island. Chestnut went on to scarf down 68 hot dogs to win his sixth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest. (July 4, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Sights from the 2012 Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

Joey Chestnut celebrates after he wins his sixth
Photo Credit: AP

Joey Chestnut celebrates after he wins his sixth straight Coney Island hot dog eating contest, downing 68 hot dogs. (July 4, 2012)

Tim
Photo Credit: AP

Tim "Eater X" Janus, left, and five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, right, compete in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship in Coney Island. Chestnut went on to scarf down 68 hot dogs to win his sixth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest. (July 4, 2012)

Joey Chestnut competes in the Nathan's Famous Hot
Photo Credit: AP

Joey Chestnut competes in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship. Chestnut went on to scarf down 68 hot dogs for the win. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas forces down a hot dog during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship. Thomas won her second consecutive women's competition with a world record breaking 45 downed hot dogs. (July 4, 2012)

Tim
Photo Credit: AP

Tim "Eater X" Janus, left, and Joey Chestnut, right, compete in the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship. (July 4, 2012)

Competitors scarf down hot dogs in the annual
Photo Credit: AP

Competitors scarf down hot dogs in the annual Nathan's event. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas is carried through
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas is carried through the crowds after breaking her world record during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship. Thomas won her second-consecutive women's competition with 45 downed hot dogs. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas forces down a
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas forces down a hot dog during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship, in Coney Island Wednesday. Thomas won her second-consecutive women's competition with a world-record-breaking 45 downed hot dogs. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, left, and Juliet
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, left, and Juliet Lee compete during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday in Coney Island. Thomas won her second-consecutive women's competition with a world-record-breaking 45 downed hot dogs. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas accepts her trophy
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas accepts her trophy after she wins Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday in Coney Island. Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual contest. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas accepts her trophy
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas accepts her trophy after she wins Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday. Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (July 4, 2012)

Competitors at Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World
Photo Credit: AP

Competitors at Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship gorge themselves against the clock Wednesday. Sonya Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (July 4, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas breaks her world
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas breaks her world record during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot-Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday. Thomas beat her own record by gobbling down 45 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the women's competition at the annual Coney Island contest. (July 4, 2012)

Five-time hot dog-eating world champion Joey Chestnut, left,
Photo Credit: AP

Five-time hot dog-eating world champion Joey Chestnut, left, and women's record-holder Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, after a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut will try to break his own world record of downing 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, while Thomas will headline the women's competition, facing 14 female eaters from the United States and Canada. (July 3, 2012)

Five-time hot-dog eating world champion Joey Chestnut, left,
Photo Credit: AP

Five-time hot-dog eating world champion Joey Chestnut, left, stares down women's record-holder Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas during a weigh-in for contestants in Manhattan for the annual Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest. (July 3, 2012)

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, at City Hall
Photo Credit: AP

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, at City Hall Park in Manhattan, for a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. (July 3, 2012)

A pile of hot dogs ready for sampling
Photo Credit: AP

A pile of hot dogs ready for sampling at City Hall Park in Manhattan during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Nathan's Famous Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest. (July 3, 2012)

Tourist Ron Stuart of Seattle, Wash., at City
Photo Credit: AP

Tourist Ron Stuart of Seattle, Wash., at City Hall Park in Manhattan, with a plate of hot dogs after a weigh-in for contestants for the annual Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating Contest. (July 3, 2012)

Spectators and contestants watch as New York City
Photo Credit: AP

Spectators and contestants watch as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chomps down on a Nathan's Famous hot dog after a weigh-in for contestants for the annual Coney Island Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. (July 3, 2012)

More news