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Hot Dogs—What a Fourth!

Not all 4th of July traditions involve fireworks. Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held in Coney Island, New York, every year (but two) since 1916. Contestants must eat as many hot dogs as they can—including buns—in 10 minutes. (Before 2008, it was 12 minutes, but they changed it back to the original 1916 length.) On Sunday, Joey Chestnut from California won for the fourth year in a row. Takeru Kobayashi of Japan won every year from 2001 until 2006. (His first year in the competition, he doubled the previous record!) Use the following data to create a line graph of the results from the contest's past 10 years.

YEAR
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

HOT DOGS EATEN BY WINNER
25
50
50
44.5
53.5
49
53.75
66
59
68
54