Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest category

2022 Men’s Nathan’s Famous contest

Official results

1st 63 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut attacked by stage crasher during contest
2nd 47.5 Geoffrey Esper
3rd 41 James Webb UK Commonwealth Nathan’s finals record
4th 40 Nick Wehry
5th 33.5 Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti 1st finals since 2012
6th 29.5 Pablo Martinez
7th 29 Derek Hendrickson
7th 29 Gideon Oji
7th 29 Juan “more bite” Rodriguez
7th 29 Bartley Weaver, IV
11th 28 George Chiger
11th 28 Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
13th 27 Steve “The Rabbit” Hammond
14th 25.5 Derek Jacobs
15th 25 Ronnie “MegaByte” Hartman
16th 20 Brett “The Branimal” Healey plans to retire after contest

Joey Chestnut was rushed by a stage crasher, but still managed to defend his title.

For people who lack ESPNews, DutchMazz is running a live video from the top of the Coney Island subway station. Tim “Eater X” Janus was on the bus of champions, perhaps he will compete.

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2022 Nathan’s womens contest

Official results

1st 40 Miki Sudo 1st parent in 21st century to be top male or female
2nd 26 Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco
3rd 23.25 Sarah “Unstoppable Bab” Rodriguez
4th 15 Larell Marie “The Real Deal” Mele
5th 13.75 Katie Prettyman
6th 12.25 Sophia Devita
7th 11 Jocelyn Walker
8th 10.25 Holly Titus
9th 8.5 Kathryn Tesch
10th 7.5 Rene Rovtar
11th 7 Julie Goldberg
12th 5 Prudence DiBenedetto
13th 4 Catie Livermore

Miki Sudo will look to become the first parent with the top male or female total in the Nathan’s Famous finals in the 21st century. All of the other previous top finishers since 2001: Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie, Sonya Thomas have been childless. There do not appear to be any surprises with the field. w

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Eater X, injured Joey Chestnut at weigh in

The Nathan’s weigh in was held today. Joey Chestnut was in crutches. He made a instagram post on December 29 about a leg injury requiring surgery. Tim “Eater X” Janus was present; it was not clear if he will be a competitor. His last eating contest was in October 2015.

update The official field is now out. There are no major surprises. Beard Meats Food will compete and Tim Janus will not make a comeback. Instead of doing a blog entry for each article about the competitors. I will have links to all the coverage of the confirmed entrants below

Geoff Esper
Nick Wehry
Gideo Oji
Pat Bertoletti
Ronnie Hartman
Brett Healey intends to retire from competitive eating after Nathan’s
Juan Rodriguez
Steve Hammond
Bartley Weaver, IV
James Webb
Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran
George Chiger
Derek Hendrickson
Pablo Martinez
Derek Jacobs

Miki Sudo
Michelle Lesco
Katie Prettyman
Sarah Reinecke Rodriguez
Sophia DeVita
Larell Marie Mele
Jules Golberg
Holly Titus
Jocelyn Walker
Rene Rovtar
Prudence DiBenedetto
Catie Livermore

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ESPN has a press release about its telecast of the 2022 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. The men's contest will be live on ESPNews while the women's contest will be streamed on ESPN3 while ESPNews shows Sportscenter. (The two main ESPN channels will be showing Wimbledon.) John Anderson will replace Mike Golic Jr. as Rich Shea's broadcast partner.
Seaside Signal has an article about Cameron McKirdy taking on Eric "Badlands" Booker and 6 other lemonade drinkers in the chugging undercard contest for the July 4 Coney Island hot dog eating championship. Booker's participation in the chugging contest probably implies that he will not be competing in the hot dog eating contest. This will be McKirdy's first MLE event since July 2010.

Possible 2022 Nathan’s finals field

The official field for the 2022 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest has yet to be released. Last year, the entrant list was not announced until July 4. Here is how the roster could shape up:

Previous Champions bye: Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie (might not compete)
Miki Sudo, Michelle Lesco

Qualfied: James Webb, Pablo Martinez, Derek Hendrickson, Pat Bertoletti, Ronnie Hartman, Derek Jacobs
Prudence DiBenedetto, Rene Rovtar, Catie Livermore

Probable Byes: Geoff Esper, Nick Wehry, Gideon Oji, Darron Breeden (will probably miss due to birth of son)
Sarah Rodriguez, Larell Marie Mele, Katie Prettyman, Sophia DeVita-Gutierrez

Possible Byes: Max Suzuki, Ricardo Corbucci, Steve Hammond, Adrian Morgan, Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran, Bartley Weaver, George Chiger, Brett Healey, Juan Rodriguez
Holly Titus, Jocelyn Walker, Kelly Wong, Kathryn Tesch, Mary Bowers

When the contest was originally fannounced, the field sizes were given as 16 men and 12 women.

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Bertoletti, Rene Rovtar win BBQ in DC Nathan’s qualifier

The top 3 men and women from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC. The top 3 men and women advance to the finals.

1 Pat Bertoletti 40, 1st Nathan’s qualifier since April 21, 2012
2 Ronnie Hartman 29.5
3 Derek Jacobs 27

1 Rene Rovtar 6.5
2 Prudence DiBenedetto 5
3 Catie Livermore 2.8

Mac Stoddard has a video. Crazy Legs Conti and Buffalo Jim Reeves also competed. Mike Whities had to miss the contest for work. George Chiger and Jules Goldberg might have received byes.

Catie Livermore’s 2.8 hot dogs is a record low qualifying total, breaking a tie for 3 by:
Lauren Gallagher, Foxborough, MA 2011
Meghan Drake, Valdosta, GA 2017

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The following people have announced on twitter that they will compete in Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC: George Chiger, Crazy Legs Conti, Prudence DiBenedetto, Jules Goldberg, Ronnie Hartman, Mike Whities. Nathan’s preview has a preview of the Nathan’s finals for bettors. The following odds for the men’s field are given:

oey Chestnut (-2500) (bet $2500 to win $100)
Geoffrey Esper (+700) (bet $100 to win $700)
Nick Wehry (+1000)
Darron Breeden (+1200)
Gideon Oji (+2000)

Matt Stonie is not listed.

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James Webb wins Alameda County Fair Nathan’s qualifier

update Derek Hendrickson, Safeway and Misty Family Vlogs have videos. KCBS has a radio segment

The top 6 men from today’s Nathan’s qualifier at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA (top 3 qualify for finals)
1 James Webb 41.5
2 Derek Hendrickson 28.75
3 Pablo Martinez 28.5
4 Erik Denmark 25
5T Gabriel Lucas 7
5T BJ Thompson 7

Austalia’s James Webb broke the UK Commonwealth Nathan’s record previously held by Adam “Beard Meats Food” Moran (32)

There were not female entrants according to Pablo Martinez

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The women's Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest has yet to be listed on the ESPN July 4 schedule. The MLE page about the contest says it will be on ESPNews, but that channel is showing Sportscenter all morning.
A press release says that Geoff Esper and Nick Wehry are expected to compete in the 2022 Nathan's hot dog eating contest, so presumably they will receive byes without needing to qualify.
The July 4 schedule for the ESPN family of networks is now out. ESPN News at noon has a showing of "Great American Events", which is what the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest has been listed as previously. ESPN and ESPN2 will be televising Wimbledon tennis at that time. ESPN will show a rerun at 4pm.
Registration will open June 1 at noon eastern for Nathan's qualifiers at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle in Washington, DC on June 25 and the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA on June 18. Both competitions will award spots in the July 4 contest to the top three male and female finishers.
The first Nathan's qualifier of the 2020s will take place at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA on June 18. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive a spot in the July 4 contest. Registration opens May 31.
NY1 reports that Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest will return to its traditional location outside the original Coney Island restaurant on July 4. 16 men and 12 women are expected to compete; the only named expected entrants in the article are Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo and Michelle Lesco.
The @nathansfranks twitter announced that registration is closed for the 2022 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. This apparently implies that there will not be a qualifier circuit for the competition for the third year in a row.
A press release announces the 30th Annual Giant Barbecue Battle will hold a Nathan's Famous hot dog eating qualifier on June 25.
The What If Show has an Instagram video asking "What If You Ate 100 Hot Dogs In One Day?"
KGUN has an article about Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco's victory in the 2021 Nathan's Famous women's division. She keeps her championship belt in the schoolroom at Roberts Naylor school in Tucson where she teaches math to 8th graders. update News video corresponding to the article.
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate in today's NYC mayoral election, competed in several Nathan's Famous finals in the 1990s, finishing 3rd in 1994. He appeared in "Footlong", a 2002 documentary about the hot dog using the 1998 Nathan's circuit as its framework which can be viewed on youtube. In interview starting around the 8:15 mark, he claims that defending champion Hirofumi Nakajima has been surgically altered with digestive enzymes.

Interview with Anne Nelson, sister of Caitlin Nelson

Daily Mail has an article about Anne Nelson, whose father, Port Authority Police Officer James Nelson, died in the World Trace Center wreckage. Another shocking fatality would strike the family 16 years later.

Tragedy stalked Anne again in 2017 when her sister Caitlin (then a 20 year old college student) died in a freak accident when she choked in a charity pancake eating contest.

‘I think that loss is what really made me process my father’s death a little more. Even though I had gone to therapy before, the enormity of it all didn’t really hit me until that happened.’

Anne Nelson’s story is proof that people can live through not one but multiple traumas and still recover. Now 31, Anne tries to honor her sister and dad in everything she does.

She currently works as a special needs teacher at an elementary school, inspired by Caitlin’s studies in social work and her father’s life-long emphasis on education. ‘I take a little bit of both of them in what I’m doing and I try to carry them with me through that.’

Nathan’s Hot Dog qualifiers, restricted to NYC civil servants, were held on top of the original World Trade Center from 1998 to 2000. “Hungry” Charles Hardy won all 3 contests. Very little information about the competitions remains on the internet. Here is a screen capture from the 2002 documentary “Footlong”

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Joey Chestnut in Twitter Trending Topics

Joey Chestnut is currently the #3 Twitter Trending Topic for the United States. The social media activity was spurred by a recent study claiming that eating one hot dog will reduce a diner’s lifespan by 35 minutes.

According to the eatfeats database, Joey Chestnut has eaten 1364.5 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs in 22 public events (17 finals, 3 qualifiers and 2 exhibitions). If the study is accurate, this would truncate Joey Chestnut’s lifespan by 47,757.5 minutes, or slightly more than 33 days. A list of all of Joey Chestnut’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog results follows.

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The New York Times has a long article about Nathan's Famous original Coney Island location. has an interview with Joey Chestnut about the aftereffects of competing in Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest.
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