6-Time Coney Island Hot Dog Champ Kobayashi May Bail On July 4 Eat-Off

Since July 4, 2001, when Takeru Kobayashi first wowed the crowd at Coney Island by devouring a then-world record 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes, the pint-sized stomach-stuffer has been a dependable fixture at the annual eat-off, winning the competition six times in a row. But after three consecutive losses in subsequent years, a report claims Kobayashi may not choose to compete next weekend.

The president of Major League Eating says that Kobayashi hasn’t committed to the Nathan’s-sponsored event because there was “an impasse” in negotiations.

Joey Chestnut, the gut-buster who has pushed Kobayashi into second place for three consecutive years, says he expects to walk away with the trophy — and presumably a stomach ache — if Kobayashi doesn’t show on the Fourth of July.

“There is no other competitor,” Chestnut told NY Daily News. “If he doesn’t compete, it’s a victory for me because I would have scared him away.”

Takeru Kobayashi, Nathan’s hot-dog eating champion, may be sitting out Fourth of July contest [NY Daily News]

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  1. Raekwon says:

    USA!! USA!! USA!!

    Sadly there isn’t much competition right now in the world of competitive eating. Then again no one thought anybody could match or beat Kobayashi so the next winner could show up from anywhere.

    • ludwigk says:

      And before Chestnut, there was also no competition. Hell, Kobayashi ate almost double his nearest competitor when he won the Nathan’s challenge the first time, and he similarly demolished the field for ~5 years until Chestnut.

  2. D0rk says:

    Wait..Major League Eating? “negotiations”? We Americans really do like eating way too much..

    • Raekwon says:

      ifoce.com – the major league eating webpage has some awesome quotes calling their competitors such gems as:
      “Joey Chestnut is truly an American hero and a national treasure. “
      and comparing another eater to Joan of Arc. Yeah they take this very seriously.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I think the sad thing is they DO take this seriously, and they really mean those quotes they say.

  3. rpm773 says:

    Do those guys leave all those hot dogs in their stomachs once the event is over? Or do they stick their fingers down their throats?

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Why call him “pint-sized”? He’s 5’8″. Sure that’s below average height for American men, but the average for Japanese men is 5’7 1/2″. And there are plenty of American men who are 5’8″…doesn’t make them pint-sized.

    • seth_lerman says:

      He’s also skinny which i would guess is considered “under-sized” for the competitive eater.

      • Raekwon says:

        One of the top competitive eaters in the world is the 105 pound, Sonya Thomas.

      • Keavy_Rain says:

        I don’t recall where I saw this, but fat people cannot compete as well as thin people when it comes to competitive eating because the fat that surrounds their bellies does not allow the stomach to expand as much.

      • rorschachex says:

        Joey Chestnut isn’t large either. If you want to see, he was on an episode of Man v Food, I think the San Jose episode.

    • aloria says:

      When you compare how fat the average American is, Kobayashi is indeed “pint sized.”

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    I found the missing ‘e’ from the Irish t-shirt…. “empasse”

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      False alarm. I guess it really does have an ‘e’ at the end.

  6. g051051 says:

    Wh s ths n Cnsmrst? Wht’s th cnsmr ngl? thr thn Kbsh bng “cnsmr” f ht dgs?

    • aloria says:

      Was wondering the same thing. I suppose its a heads up to consumers who were going to go to Coney Island for the sole reason of watching him compete…

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  8. frank64 says:

    I never understood competitive eating. What does being good at something so disgusting and unhealthy prove?

    • aloria says:

      What does being able to lift more weights that anyone else prove? Or run a certain distance in the shortest amount of time? Or kick a ball into a net more times than the other team?

      It’s all about seeing how far one can push the limits of human ability. The fact that an unhealthy food is involved doesn’t make it any more inane than other sports.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Unhealthy? Have you seen some of these eaters? They are like Kobayashi above. Thin.

      • frank64 says:

        I once saw a news spot, on the health issue of this type of eating. Skinny does not mean healthy, and that type of eating can cause health problems.

  9. Daverson says:

    I could never win that particular competition because Nathan’s hot dogs taste like salted shit.

  10. AllanG54 says:

    I don’t know how anyone can eat franks and buns dipped in water to begin with.

  11. Talisker says:

    Kobayashi can go to the event and eat him self closer to the grave, or he can skip the event and disappoint his fans.

    It is a no-win scenario, really.

  12. MuffinSangria says:

    Guess Kaiser Soze didn’t approve.

  13. EBE says:

    Hw s ths pst cnsmr rltd??

  14. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Eeyew. I can’t stand to watch this kind of stuff. It makes me sick. I get the whole pushing yourself / competitive urge thing, but for God’s sake, do something less gross!