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Visualizing Hot Dog Eating Competitions

by Morgan Stevens
A data visualization on Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest

The Washington Post has created a visualization comparing performances in Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest, a U.S.-based competition in which contestants attempt to eat as many hot dogs as possible within 10 minutes. The visualization displays the number of hot dogs champions ate every year from 1980 to 2022 as well as the number of hot dogs other contestants ate when available. It also tracks the success of recent champions, with Takeru Kobayashi, who doubled the previous record in 2001, appearing as a red line, 2022 men’s champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut appearing as a yellow line, and 2022 women’s champion Miki Sudo as a green line. According to the visualization, Chestnut and Sudo both hold the current world records in their respective competitions, at 76 and 48.5 hot dogs apiece.

Take a look.

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