SPORTS FAN 11 FOR EATING TITLE HUNGRY All you can eat: Takeru Kobayashi is known as “the godfather of competitive eating”; below right, world No.1 Joey Chestnut. COMPETITIVE EATING: HOTDOG AND HAMBURGER CHAMPIONSHIPS STREAMING, ESPN ON KAYO W and record holder, Joey Chestnut. Both men perform superhuman feats and have dragged the obscure sport into the mainstream. And it is a sport its proponents argue, with Chestnut telling ESPN in 2018 how hard it is to get in shape, taking two months to get his body ready for an event. “I do a practice contest, and then recovery is important. As soon as I can start eating, I try to eat vegetables, fibre,” Chestnut said. “And then once I feel like the food has moved and digested, I’ll have one good day of protein, whether it’s fish or turkey, maybe chicken. And then I go back and do a fast, where it’s all liquid. It’s a cleanse, pretty much, a two- day cleanse. And then when I’m at the weight I want and I know I’m empty, then I can do another practice.” The sport really hit the mainstream when it featured in the documentary series, with the story of Kobayashi and Chestnut’s epic rivalry (which began in earnest in 2006). Kayo has a range of ESPN documentaries, including as well as select competitive eating events including the 2006 Hamburger Eating Championships, where Kobayashi, Chestnut and the third placed finisher Patrick Bertoletti all shattered the world record. HILE many think of athletes as the fittest of the fit, those who have sacrificed everything to reach the top of their respective fields, it doesn’t always appear to be the case. Niche and obscure sports have just as ravenous a following as more mainstream sports. Take competitive eating – while it doesn’t sound like an elite sport, it takes incredible endurance, as challengers punish their bodies to the limit. While most people would feel equipped to eat as many hot dogs or hamburgers as they want, competitive eaters take it to the next level and have fans just as hungry for more as the competitors. And the biggest event is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. “It’s the Super Bowl, the Masters and the World Series all rolled into one,” competitive eater, Crazy Legs Conti said in the ESPN documentary 30 for 30 30 for 30 The Good, The Bad, The Hungry. Held every year on July 4 at the Nathan Famous Corporations’ original store, the contest has been held as far back as 1967, but it’s only been in recent years that it’s taken on a new life thanks to the rivalry of the man known as ‘the godfather of competitive eating’ Takeru Kobayashi and 12-time champion 30 for 30 The Good, The Bad, The Hungry, 11 Sunday, May 24, 2020 V1 - MHSE01Z01TV PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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