Posted July 04, 2013

15 of the Most Pained Facial Expressions from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Competitors Vie For Ultimate Eating Prize At Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Joey Chestnut, six-time defending champion of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Content, is pictured above in 2012 with a face full of hot dog, a wet bun and a beard of sloppy goo. As far as Nathan’s contest photos go, it’s a veritable glamour shot. Seems that ramming tens of thousands of calories down one’s throat does not produce mantle-worthy portraiture.


Sonya Thomas (2003)

Hot Dog Eating Contest At Coney Island

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This, just five minutes into the melee.


Eric ‘Badlands’ Booker and then-reigning-champion Takeru Kobayashi (2003)

Hot Dog Eating Contest At Coney Island

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Someone needs to find the track listing for Badlands’ “break yourself with hot dogs” playlist.


Badlands and Kobayashi (2009)

Champions Compete In Nathan's Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

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This year, with 50% more hot dog spittle.


Erik “The Red” Denmark (2007)

Competitive Eaters Face Off In Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

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The “Red” stands for  “face full of un-chewed red meat.”


Ed Krachie of Queens defends his title (1996)

Still champ, Ed Krachie of Queens holds up his winner's belt

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Meanwhile, Curtis Sliwa tries to choke down shame.


Chestnut (2006)

Joey Chestnut from San Jose, California

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Trying to manipulate his stomach bomb as he nears the 50-dog mark.


Kobayashi after his last victory (2006)

Reigning champion Takeru Kobayashi groans as he holds the Mu

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It hurts so good. (It may also hurt very badly.)


Kobayashi and Chestnut after a photo finish (2008)

93rd Annual Nathan's Famous 4th Of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest

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Kobayashi plays it cool as Chestnut tries a vice grip technique on his hot dog fetus.


Juliet Lee with Thomas (2011)

2011 Nathan's Famous Fourth Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

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WHERE DOES IT GO?


Tim “Eater X” Janus with Chestnut (2012)

2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Hey ladies.


Early-career Chestnut, Badlands and Kobayashi? (1999)

Contenders (l. to r.) German Bratwurst Eating Champ Frederic

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Nope, it’s actually it’s their predecessors: real names (from L to R) Frederic Roller, from the Black Forest in Germany; Charles “Hungry” Hardy, a 320-pound Brooklyn corrections officer, and defending champion Hirofumi Nakajima of Japan.


Steve Addicks eyeing then-23-year-old Kobayashi (2003)

Japan's Takeru Kobayashi (L), a 131 lbs. (59 kgs)

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Had never seen a face hemorrhage before. Can check that off the list.


Sonya Thomas (2012)

Competitors Vie For Ultimate Eating Prize At Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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They don’t award points for keeping the mouth shut while chewing.


Kobayashi celebrating his victory (2004)

Defending champ Takeru (Tsunami) Kobayashi (center) still ha

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The also-rans cast a gaze downwards, somewhere between intense discomfort and vomiting.

Happy 4th.

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