By the time you’ve hit your mid-twenties, you have to watch the Olympics and finally admit to yourself that you will never stand on that gold-medal podium while the national anthem plays after you’ve discovered a heretofore unknown talent for javelin-throwing/kayaking/that one where you cross-country ski and then shoot targets. But if you’re athletic dreams are gone forever, you can still dream of achievement in another realm–eating lots of food quickly. You’re probably halfway to championship form already.
If you’re going to make it as a competitive eater, you’ve got to pick the records you’re setting your sights on. Everyone knows the Nathan’s Hot Dog contest at Coney Island, but that’s for the pros. You’re going to have to get started somewhere else. From oysters to bratwurst to sundaes, there are hundreds of eating competitions across the US, and thanks to The Daily Meal, we’ve compiled a list of the tastiest.nggallery id=’119759′
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