Some people have a visceral reaction to the sport of Competitive Eating. I get it. It’s grotesque, wasteful, difficult to watch, and not particularly useful. Much like professional football. But it is a sport, by any definition. And as with any sport, a few elite athletes are astonishingly good at it.
Over the next few months, while waiting for Slider to be published in September, I’ll be paying tribute to a few of the heroes of the sport, all of whom are mentioned in the book. Let's start with the Wayne Gretzky of Professional Competitive eating: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut.
Weight: 230 lbs
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is currently ranked the #1 competitive eater in the world. He is best known for his record nine victories at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Next up: Sonya Thomas, the Black Widow.