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Tim "Eater X" Janus defends his cupcake eating title

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Tim "Eater X" Janus is back in Waterloo to hopefully defend his title as the World Cupcake Eating Champion.

"I think when you win something, you have to defend and certainly I wanted to as well. It's a fun contest. Cupcakes are delicious when you have a couple of them," said Tim Janus.

Last year, Janus ate 42 cupcakes in eight minutes. He said his secret is simply pushing himself.

"A lot of guys quit and so the goal is to outlast them, and I'm able to do that pretty well," said Janus.

Janus's first eating contest was more than eight years ago. A corned beef and cabbage contest for St. Patrick's Day.

"I was a day trader at the time in NYC, and things were tough. I was pretty broke. I couldn't go on a vacation so I read about a contest in New York. I thought I'd try," he said.

Eater X kept signing up, kept getting better and now participates in about 15 eating contests a year.

He said the cupcake contest will be tough this year.

"This is gonna be a tough year. Pat Bertolleti is coming in from Chicago, he's ranked number two in the world. He's actually ranked ahead of me. I'm number 3 in the world. Bob from Philadelphia is number 5 in the world," said Janus.

Tim Janus said before an eating contest he likes to be well-rested. During the contest, he's simply focused on the food. But Tim did tell him he hasn't eaten a cupcake since winning last year's contest.

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