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Joey Chestnut Wins Record Seventh Consecutive Hot Dog Eating Contest

Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 2013 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest re-crowned two reigning champions — Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas.

Chestnut earned his seventh straight title in the men’s race, scarfing down 69 hot dogs and setting a new world record. He ate 18 more hot dogs than his nearest competitor.

Chestnut, who hails from San Jose, Calif., and earned the nickname “Jaws,” took home $10,000 and a bejeweled mustard-yellow champion’s belt.

Matt Stonie, 21, came in second, devouring 51 hot dogs.

Chestnut’s eating rival, Takeru Kobayashi, did not compete in the 97th  annual competitive hot dog eating event at Coney Island this year. But Chestnut bested Kobayashi’s record of six titles in a row with this year’s win.

In the women’s race, Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., picked up her third consecutive title. The competitor called “Black Widow” ate 36 and three-quarters hot dogs and buns to win the women’s competition.

Juliet Lee was the front runner for much of the race, but Thomas caught up with less than two minutes to go.

When the buzzer sounded, Lee trailed Thomas by just a fraction of a dog.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a holiday tradition for 97 years.  The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

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Coney Island Reopens For First Time since Sandy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – New York’s famous Coney Island amusement area opened on Sunday for the first time since the region was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The park reopening is another milestone for the city's recovery efforts. Palm Sunday is traditionally the start of the amusement park’s season, but there were doubts if repairs would be done in time this year.

Director of Operations for the Alliance for Coney Island Johanna Zaki says it shows how strong New Yorkers are.

“The message is that we're resilient. We're resilient New Yorkers and Sandy isn't gonna keep us down.”

The Wonder Wheel, which sustained significant damage during the storm, is giving free rides to park attendees today. The owner told ABC News that it’s their way of saying thank you to New York and a way of celebrating.

The park isn’t operating at 100 percent just yet though. Notably, the original Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs location, which traditionally hosts a hotdog eating contest every Fourth of July, is still under repairs. A satellite restaurant is open, though.

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Top Dog: Joey Chestnut Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Getty Images (File Photo)(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- It took 10 minutes and 62 hot dogs for Joey Chestnut to win his fifth consecutive Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

Retaining the Mustard Yellow Belt once again, Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., has dominated the competition.

He set the all-time record in 2009, downing 68 hot dogs and buns, the equivalent of 21,000 calories, in 10 minutes.

"I love hot dogs," Chestnut said. "There's a couple of foods that if you see me eat them in a contest, you can tell I like them. Grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken wings, ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza. I mean those, they go down like I was made to eat them."
The 96th annual hot dog eating contest brought out thousands to the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues in front of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand to witness the eating battle. The scene included a man in a Dr. Seuss hat on stilts, a dancing plush hot dog and two guys in orange tank tops bouncing on a trampoline.
Many spectators came in their July 4 finest. There were men wrapped in U.S. flags chanting "USA, USA," and women wearing red, white and blue bikinis.
For the first time, Nathan's sponsored separate competitions for men and women. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Va., took the title in the first-ever competition for women, eating 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, one shy of her 2009 record.

The 100-pound woman never stopped moving during the contest, constantly bouncing and twisting her way to victory. She shoved hot dogs in her mouth with one hand, while cradling a cup of liquid to wash them down with the other.

Thomas, also known as "The Black Widow," was the odds-on favorite going into the contest. She set the women's record in 2009 by eating 41 hot dogs and buns during the joint competition.

The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

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