well, at least they had the good sense to then cancel the pie eating contestMan dies at South Dakota hot dog eating contest
Posted: Jul 08, 2014 10:36 AM EST Updated: Jul 08, 2014 10:37 AM EST
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.
Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1n3EKRD" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ).
"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Wheeler said. "He probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they (paramedics) couldn't get it out.
"It all happened within minutes," the sheriff said.
The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the contest, canceled a pie-eating contest scheduled for Friday.
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I have never understood the whole competitive eating thing, nor how/why some of the competitive eating events are covered by ESPN as a "sport"