5 things you didn't know about competitive eating

5 things you didn't know about competitive eating

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It's a Real Sport Like baseball, competitive eating has two major leagues, the International Federation of Competitive Eaters, also known as Major League Eating, and the Association of Independent Competitive Eaters. AICE contests feature "picnic-style" rules, which require food to be eaten as it's normally presented with no mashing, dunking in water or other mutilation. IFOCE, which hosts the Coney Island hot dog contest, allows competitors to dunk their food before swallowing. Richard Shea, president and co-founder of the IFOCE along with his brother George, said that the federation does not accept eating athletes under 18 years of age for safety reasons. Also, don't try this at home. Competitive eaters are trained, skilled athletes, and there are medical staff stationed at every event in case of emergency.

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by Liz Neporent

ABC News

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

(ABC News) -- Many of us will have one too many hot dogs at this year's Fourth of July cookout. But the winner of this year's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, is likely to stuff himself with nearly 70 wieners.

As a salute to today's 98th annual hot dog eating championship, here are five things you probably didn't know about competitive eating.

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