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Champions come in all forms: Olympians, wrestlers, dancers. But to compete in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes guts. Seriously, you need to have an iron stomach to guzzle heaps of wieners in 10 minutes! That’s why we wanted to share a few fun facts about the athletes—and the competition overall—so you can truly understand the heart, commitment and revelry that goes into one of the most exciting 4th of July events this summer. Head to one of the best Coney Island attractions to see world-renowned eaters duke it out before you secure a place to watch the 4th of July fireworks.
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