Monday, July 4, 2011

Takeru Kobayashi

Interesting profile of 6-time Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion Takeru Kobayashi by

It's unfortunate he won't be able to compete this year against 4-time consecutive and defending champ American Joey Chestnut.

The 2011 competition is tomorrow, 7/4/11 at noon ET on ESPN.

"Today's MLE [Major League Eating] stars train hard for contests and consider themselves athletes.

This is intensely personal. It's primal. Most of the world snickers at these people. To Kobayashi, eating is life."

UPDATE - Though Joey Chestnut again won this year, apparently, Kobayashi bested the world record when he ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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