Competitive eaters chow down at hot dog contest

Contestants compete in the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July

International Eating Contest at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of

New York on July 4.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas is carried through the crowds after breaking her world record during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas won her second consecutive women's competition with 45 downed hot dogs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas is carried through the crowds after breaking her world record during the Nathan's Famous Women's Hot Dog Eating World Championship, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Thomas won her second consecutive women's competition with 45 downed hot dogs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Competitive eater Sonya Thomas, center on the bottom row, rests moments after the women's division of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest finishes at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Thomas won the women's division by successfully eating 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting a new world record. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Competitive eater Sonya Thomas, center on the bottom row, rests moments after the women's division of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest finishes at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Thomas won the women's division by successfully eating 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting a new world record. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Sonya Thomas competes in the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Eating Contest at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 4, 2012. Thomas broke her record by eating 45 hot dogs to take the crown. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
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Sonya Thomas competes in the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Eating Contest at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 4, 2012. Thomas broke her record by eating 45 hot dogs to take the crown. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Women compete in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Sonya Thomas won the women's division by successfully eating 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting a new world record. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Women compete in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Sonya Thomas won the women's division by successfully eating 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, setting a new world record. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) stands behind trophies at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot dog eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) stands behind trophies at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot dog eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) weighs women's world record holder Sonya Thomas at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) weighs women's world record holder Sonya Thomas at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Five-time hot dog eating world champion Joey Chesnut walks onstage at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Five-time hot dog eating world champion Joey Chesnut walks onstage at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A pile of hot dogs are readied for sampling during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot-dog eating contest during a weigh-in for contestants at City Hall Park in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Five-time, hot dog-eating world champion Joey Chestnut try to break his own world record of downing 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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A pile of hot dogs are readied for sampling during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot-dog eating contest during a weigh-in for contestants at City Hall Park in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Five-time, hot dog-eating world champion Joey Chestnut try to break his own world record of downing 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Five-time hot dog eating world champion Joey Chesnut (L) and women's world record holder Sonya Thomas laugh during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Five-time hot dog eating world champion Joey Chesnut (L) and women's world record holder Sonya Thomas laugh during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in ceremony on July 3, 2012 in New York City. The annual hot odg eating event is expected to draw 30,000 fans on July 4, in Coney Island section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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