Five-time hot-dog eating world champion Joey Chestnut, left, stares down women's record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, center, during a weigh-in for contestants in the annual Coney Island Fourth of July international hot-dog eating contest in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at City Hall Park in New York. The event will take place midday Wednesday, July 4, at Coney Island in Brooklyn. Chestnut will try to break his own world record of downing 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Thomas will headline the women's competition, facing 14 female eaters from the U.S. and Canada. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Some world-champion speed eaters attended a weigh- in the run-up to New York's annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest.
Defending champions Joey Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas weigh 210 and 100 pounds, respectively.