Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012 TV Schedule: When and Where to Watch

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

NEW YORK - JULY 4: Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California walks on stage holding his old champion belt as the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest begins on July 4, 2009 in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Chestnut defeated Takeru Kobayashi of Nagano, Japan with eating 68 to his 64.5 hotdogs. Kobayashi won six previous competitions before tying last year with Chestnut. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
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Joey Chestnut will attempt to eat his way to a sixth Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest victory on July 4.

If you can stomach it, spend your Independence Day watching him chow his way through an exorbitant amount of pork.

Here's how. 


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When: Wednesday, July 4

Time: Women's Championship, 11:30 a.m. ET; Men's Championship, 12:00 p.m. ET

Where: Coney Island

*ESPN will run tape delay at 3:00 p.m. ET


Now that you know when to watch, let's take a look at the top participant on each side of the competition.


Joey Chestnut

Chestnut currently holds the world record for most hot dogs eaten. In 2009 he ate 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. That shouldn't be humanly possible, but Chestnut will try to break his own record this year. 

With Takeru Kobayashi out of competition (and competing in his own competition) for a second straight year, the path is cleared. Kobayashi's six career Nathan's titles are the only mark higher than Chestnut's five crowns. Barring a miracle, you can expect him to equal Kobayashi's mark. 

The man is a physical freak. He eats more than people twice his size, and he gives this obscure competition national recognition. All eyes will be on him on Wednesday.


Sonya Thomas

Thomas aka "The Black Widow" won the inaugural women's competition last year by eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Unless she eats before arriving on Coney Island, you can expect her to win again.

This is only the second time the women's contest has ever taken place. Thomas' win last year leaves no doubt as to who the favorite is entering competition this year. 

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Fans of this competition are used to tuning in to see Kobayashi and Chestnut battle it out, but Thomas makes it worth your time too.

Fire up your internet browser at 11:30 a.m. on July 4 and watch the competition take place. If you happen to miss it, catch it on ESPN at 3 p.m. immediately after Wimbledon coverage.

Whenever you catch it, just make sure you catch it. There's truly nothing like it, unless you count Kobayashi's Crif Dog Classic.