Crazy Legs Conti
Early life and career
In addition to competitive eating, he has had a variety of jobs including purchasing agent for a steakhouse, screenwriter, bouncer, model, and window washer. Conti has appeared as a commentator for "MLE Chowdown" on Spike TV. He also once appeared on the Discovery channel's "Cash Cab" program with Tim Janus who won $1600 total by answering the bonus question.
Conti counts Eric Booker as an early inspiration to begin competitive eating. He won his first competition in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend 2002 by eating over 400 oysters. He has held several world records, including the green bean and sweet corn categories.
Conti trains by eating six hot dogs at a time as fast as possible and has studied video of Takeru Kobayashi in order to improve his technique. He also runs and goes to the gym three times a week to avoid gaining excess weight. This led him to compete in several marathons.
He is the subject of the 2004 competitive eating documentary Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating.
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