There is a poetic beauty to celebrating the birth of the United States of America by watching someone eat a disgusting amount of hot dogs as quickly as possible. To that end, the eyes of the nation turned, once again, to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, to observe Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and gaze in awe at one’s athletic prowess Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.
Chestnut consumed 76 dogs in 10 minutes, won his 14th mustard belt and set a new world record by beating his 2020 victory by a hot dog. Additionally, he secured his spot as the winningest single-event athlete in sport history. What world.
This year’s competition was held in Maimonides Park, just a short walk down the boardwalk from the original 106-year-old Nathan’s Famous restaurant in Coney Island. The stadium is home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, the minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, but there is nothing “minor league” about the empty-mouthed Chestnut, also known as the Glizzy Gladiator.
As ESPN commentators indicatedIf you stack up all the hot dogs Chestnut has eaten at the competition, it would be taller than the Statue of Liberty, and you have the Chrysler Building in your line of sight.
Sports and nitrate enthusiasts celebrated Chestnut’s victory on social media.
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