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2014-07-19: My Frequently Asked Questions page has been updated.
One thing about me, is that I respect those competitive eaters who came before me, without whom my emergence as a fairly well
known competitive eater would not be possible. This includes, but is not all encompassing of, Takeru "The Tsunami"
Kobayashi, "Hungry" Charles Hardy, Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, and Eric "Badlands" Booker. These names
are from my roots. And no one person has given me more coverage through the years than "Beautiful" Brian Seiken.
The best advice I can give newcomers to competitive eating is to remember the legends, upon whose shoulders competitive
eating has become what it is today. It is not only my privilege, but also my duty, to always remember that. You never know
where you are unless and until you know where you've been, and I've been very, very fortunate.
2014-07-06: FAQs 76 and 77 (Added): 76: THINKING BACK TO 2003 WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED, WAS IT DIFFICULT
TO ENTER A SPORT THAT WAS DOMINATED BY MUCH LARGER MEN? As I have mentioned many times before, when I first started I felt like an invader in a man's sport. But, because I was so motivated
about competing, I didn't care who thought what about me, unlike most women, who were probably very concerned that competitive
eating might make them "un-lady-like,"-- that it might make them appear gross. That doesn't seem so much a
concern anymore, as more women are becoming competitive eaters. They're having fun.
77: WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED DID YOU FEEL AS
IF YOU HAD SOMETHING TO PROVE? WHAT ABOUT NOW? When I first started, I just wanted to prove to myself that I was
as good as I thought I was, that I could beat the much larger men sometimes, and I did win my fair share of events. I
probably recorded over 50 victories through the years, and set several dozen World Records along the way. As such, given my accomplishments over the past 11 years, I no longer feel
that I have anything to prove. I am sure that in time almost all current competitive eating World Records records will
be broken, and that's okay, because along the way, I participated with, and held my own against, the best eaters in the world.
And I had fun! Of course, the more you win, the more fun you have, and I have been very blessed.
2014-07-04: Congratulations to Major League Eating (MLE) newcomer Miki Sudo on
her victory today in the women's division of the 2014 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating contest on Coney Island. Also,
congratulations to ever-improving Michelle "Cardboard Shell" Lesco and long-time competitive eating star Juliet
Lee on their third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Though I didn't take first place today, I'm not too disappointed,
as I won the Women's Title the previous 3 years, setting a Women's World Record of 45 Hot Dogs and Buns in 10 minutes along
the way (2012). It's all good.
extend hearfelt congratulations to Joey "Jaws" Chestnut on winning the Men's Championship for an unprecedented 8
years! Also, kudos to a very tough and focused Matt Stoney, along with always-hard-hitting Tim "Eater X" Janus,
and Brian “Dud Light”
Dudzinski, who finished second, third, and fourth, respectively! This was an especially amazing performance by "Dud
Light," and he is assured to make perhaps a double-digit leap in MLE rankings from his pre-contest spot of #29. Well
2014-07-03: Though I am just an ordinary, simple
person, just like you, competitive eating fans make me feel so special: http://tinyurl.com/o38ro8k. I really love them (video credit: ABC / WTLV).
2014-07-02: It's good to see that my Irish friend, Colin
Shirlow, the best 3-minute Oyster eater in the world, as recognized in the Guiness Book of World Records, has received a special
invitation to compete in the Men's Hot Dog Finals on July 4. Colin is a very nice, most respectful gentleman. I'm
sure he considers it an honor to eat with us on Coney Island, as we celebrate our nation's birthday!
# 75 (Added): HOW HAS YOUR WEIGHT AND HEALTH CHANGED SINCE YOU
STARTED EATING COMPETITIVELY IN 2003, AND HOW HAS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FUTURE AS A COMPETITIVE EATER? My age has changed,
of course, but my size and health have not. I weighed 105 lbs in 2003 when I first started, and I am that same
weight in 2014. I see my doctor at regular intervals, and I have never had to take prescription medication
for cholesterol, blood pressure, etc, in my entire life. Since 2003, I continue to eat very healthily,
day-to-day: lots of fruit, vegetables, tofu, and seafood, and almost no chips (or other salty snacks), sweets, or
other junk food.
My not practicing for upcoming
competitive eating events contributes to my good health. I intend to keep it that way, so that I can remain a force
in Major League Eating (MLE) for many more years, though I will probably become more careful in picking the
MLE events I choose to enter. Enjoying good food is my hobby, and as long as I remain healthy, and choose
my competitive eating events wisely, Major League Eating will remain a perfect fit!
Competitive eating continues to attract fans worldwide. Examining visits to this site alone, for the first week of June
I was excited to see that visitors from over 20 different countries checked in. The top 10 nations (outside the US)
represented are: South Korea, the Russian Federation, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, and
The Netherlands, respectively. I'm only one person, however, and I'm confident that given the hundreds of thousands
of Major League Eating (MLE) fans worldwide who follow their favorite Top 50-ranked MLE competitive eaters as they collectively
compete in scores of contests each year, MLE's international followers dot the entire globe!
2014-06-01: Official Acme
Oyster Results (from New Orleans, LA): I was fortunate to win with 40 dozen Acme Oysters in 8 minutes. Eater phenom
Adrian Morgan pushed me to do my best, and finished second with 30 dozen, and New Orleans resident Michael Abadie proved he
is a future force to be reckoned with by finishing third with 17 dozen. I thank the organizers and sponsors involved
in making the New Orleans Oyster Festival the success that it is each year. And thanks to Major League Eating emcee
Rich Shea, who always helps make this contest such a fun event.
2014-05-26: On this Memorial Day, I want to take a moment
to thank all our miliary heroes, past and present--Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy, many of whom have given
life, limb, and body functions that we oftentimes take for granted, in support of our country. Freedom isn't free, and
may we never forget that. It is my honor and pleasure to serve them and their loved ones.