Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012 Results: Live Reaction and Analysis

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest 2012 Results: Live Reaction and Analysis
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Happy Fourth of July everyone! Is there any better way to celebrate our independence than with a little good old-fashioned gluttony and and American excess? If there is, I don't know what it could be.

For the second year, the men and women will compete in separate competitions at the Nation's Hot Dog Eating Contest, leaving two competitors $10,000 richer after the event.  

In the women's championship, Sonya "The Back Widow" Thomas repeated her victory from a year ago with a new record of 41 hot dogs and buns. Her stiffest competition came from Juliet Lee, who set a personal best with 33.

On the men's side of things, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut decimated the competition. Chestnut won his sixth consecutive yellow mustard belt, which equals the legendary Takeru Kobayashi's record streak from the last decade.  He also tied his world record of 68 hot dogs.

Eater X finished second with 52.25 dogs, and Deep Dish Bertoletti came in third with 51.

Can any woman take down The Black Widow? Will anyone even challenge the dominance of Jaws? Tune in next year to find out.

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