Joey Chestnut proposes, wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Thanks to a heartfelt moment before the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, "Jaws" nabbed two victories in one day.
Joey Chestnut took a timeout from the Coney Island hot dog competition on Friday to propose to a fellow competitive eater. The seven-time defending champion got down on bended knee to make it official with longtime girlfriend Neslie Ricasa.
Then, he scarfed down 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes en route to capturing his eighth crown in a row, narrowly beating out Matt Stonie.
Stonie, who was second in 2013 with 51 dogs, again was the runner-up with 56. Tim "Eater X" Janus was third with 44.
The 61 hot dogs and buns equates to 23,790 calories, 1,189.5 grams of fat, 60,390 milligrams of sodium, 2,245 grams of carbohydrates and 793 grams of protein.
Last year, Chestnut won with a record 69 hot dogs. Takeru Kobayashi held the record with six consecutive wins, but in 2010, he refused to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating, the food equivalent of the NFL, and was banned from competition.
There was a new women's champion as Miki Sudo shocked three-time defending champion Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas by eating 34 franks and buns.