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Chicago challenger prepares for hot-dog battle

Updated: July 2, 2010, 2:12 PM ET
By Matt Lindner

CHICAGO -- Two giant trays of hot dogs and five double Big Gulps of pink lemonade, enough food to feed his entire block, sit waiting on Pat Bertoletti's kitchen table.

But the man they call "Deep Dish" isn't having a block party -- he's getting ready for practice, and he's going to eat all of this inside of a 10-minute span. The world's fourth-ranked competitive eater has only days to prepare for the July 4th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and well … time's a-wastin'.

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