Crazy Legs Conti

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Crazy Legs Conti at a 2007 french fry eating competition.

Crazy Legs Conti is an American competitive eater. He is currently ranked seventeenth in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Conti was raised in Belmont, MA[2] and later attended Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins, he was a three sport athlete. He is known for his distinctive dreadlocks.

In addition to competitive eating, he has had a variety of jobs including purchasing agent for a steakhouse, screenwriter, bouncer, model, and window washer.[3] 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.

Competitive eating[edit]

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.[4] He has held several world records, including the green bean and sweet corn categories.[5]

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.[3]

He claims that his motivation in competing is the joy of winning, rather than prize money.[6] In addition to his successes, he is known to be magnanimous in defeat.[7]

He is the subject of the 2004 competitive eating documentary Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating.


  1. ^ "Eater Profiles". International Federation of Competitive Eating. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Mark Shanahan; Carol Beggy (22 February 2005). "Eat Up". Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "An Elite Eater". John Hopkins Magazine. September 2005. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Laura Raposa; Gayle Fee (9 December 2002). "Crazy Legs ready to put the bite on chowing record". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Records". International Federation of Competitive Eating. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Wolf, Buck (10 September 2009). "Crazy Legs' Crowned Cannoli King". AOL News. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Groves, Steve (2 October 2006). "Crazy Legs has no need to eat his words when it comes to losing". Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Retrieved 23 February 2010. 

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