Skip to comments.Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden
Posted on 08/30/2008 4:59:36 PM PDT by JillValentine
Premiers Thur. Sept. 25 @ 8PM ET/PT
18 new contestants will compete for the $1 million prize in the jungles of the equatorial African nation of Gabon.
Who will be the sole Survivor?
Looking at the contestants' biographies, ages, hometowns, and occupations, this definitely appears to be a younger, Hollywoodish, mactorish crowd. Unfortunately. But not to worry; at the very worst, we can at least laugh at them.
So let's get ready to meet the contestants, one at a time:
Name: Ace Gordon
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Occupation: Jewelry Sales
Bio: Ace Gordon is a self-proclaimed charmer in every sense of the word. With an English accent and a shaved head, he is an absolute fan of the game and 100% confident in his manipulation skills. Born in New York but raised in London, Ace attended the prestigious Hill House School in Knightsbridge. His privileged background and world travels lead Gordon to mockingly state, "I'm probably better than you and highly more [sic] educated."
He has also run the gambit in terms of jobs and he's only 27. Over the years, he's sold cars for Porsche, been a massage therapist and cooked at an eco- resort in Hawaii. Currently, Ace splits his time between working for Cartier and running his own fashion photography studio.
One of Ace's biggest personality traits is his ability to flirt, almost without realizing it. Described as a natural salesman, Ace can cross the line between arrogant and elegant in whatever country he lives. He has actively sought to be immersed in new surroundings and experiences, be it martial arts or meditation. In fact, Gordon has lived in Hawaii, India, Thailand, and all over the U.S. studying religion, spirituality and alternatives to traditional Western Medicine.
Ace is single and currently resides in Naples, Florida. His birth date is September 3, 1980.
Jeff Probst says: "You would expect him to be like a villain in a Bond movie who dies a horrible death at the end. Its almost like a blind arrogance, and hes really fun to watch. And I think his accent could work for him or against him, but there is something about the accent that makes everything he says seem smarter."
Thanks for taking over the ping list!!!!!!!!
Name: Robert "Bob" Crowley
Hometown: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Physics Teacher
Bio: Robert Crowley considers himself a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Robinson Crusoe. He loves the outdoors and is always ready for his next adventure.
Robert is a high school physics teacher in Gorham, Maine and holds both Associate and Bachelor degrees in forestry from the University of Maine - Orono and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Southern Maine. However, after the school bell rings, Robert becomes an entrepreneur. His wide range of jobs span from being a first mate on a research boat for the Smithsonian Institution in Canada to an entomologist for the USDA, to a skunk relocater, as well as President, Vice President and Chief Negotiator for his local Teacher's Union.
When not on an adventure, Robert's interests include journal writing, story telling, photography, bone collecting, archeology and camping.
This tree climbing scientist, who describes himself as honest, adventurous, resourceful and witty, built his truly "green" summer cabin back when green was only referred to as the color. His "green" cabin was completely built with recycled material and requires a fraction of the energy of the average U.S. home. He's built numerous structures from recycled material including wharfs, saunas, a chicken house and a hunting cabin.
Robert strategy is to be a provider and to fly under the radar on SURVIVOR. He's out to prove that nice guys can make it to the end of the game.
Robert and his wife Peggy reside in Portland, Maine. They have two sons, David and John, one daughter, Page, and a high maintenance cat named William. Robert's birth date is February 25, 1951.
Jeff Probst says: Hes the oldest guy out there. And unfortunately, that works against people all the time, even though theres probably nobody better equipped for this game. Hes probably the guy who will be the biggest asset, if they dont get foolish and vote him out.
Name: Charlie Herschel
Hometown: New York, New York
Occupation: Lawyer (Whoo hoo! - sarcasm)
Bio: Charlie Herschel has been a fan of SURVIVOR since the first season and has been training for it ever since. A lawyer for one of the top 10 most prestigious law firms in the world, Herschel is ready to try his persuasion skills on a different type of jury.
This 29-year-old, marathon-running attorney and University of Pennsylvania graduate says he is above nothing when he gets to the island. Charlie's strategy is to be authentic but with a twist. "With high risks, come high rewards, but the risks must be calculated." The middle son of three boys and a native New Yorker, the Ivy Leaguer is not afraid to claw his way to the top.
In his free time, Herschel trains to race in marathons around the country. He credits this passion for helping him stay in shape. Through his training, Charlie dropped 60 pounds and continues to be at fighting weight.
Charlie is single and currently resides in New York City. His birth date is May 12, 1979.
Jeff Probst says: Charlie prides himself on being very bright and educated. And the question Id say for Charlie is, Can he stand up for himself? Does he really have a voice? Or is he just going to look for somebody to hang on to and see how far theyll pull him along.
Name: Corinne Kaplan
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales (cough StepheME cough)
Bio: Corinne Kaplan takes great pride in being able to manipulate the people around her. As a pharmaceutical sales rep, this smart and sexy, self-described bitch, is in it purely for the money. At work, Corinne must convince physicians to prescribe her products. Now, Corinne is looking to convince her fellow tribe mates that she's trustworthy, while ready to sell them out behind their backs.
This catty former sorority girl uses her wit and sex appeal to further her goals. Aside from working out in the gym almost every day, Corinne keeps fit by hiking and running. Corinne will tell it like it is and couldn't care less what people think of her for it. Her outgoing personality is a trait that seems to work well on the men in her life. Corinne basically has no filter and is often hilarious in her directness, saying what everyone else only thinks.
Corinne is single and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birth date is January 17, 1979.
Jeff Probst says: Corinne is a self-proclaimed über-bitch, and she owns it. I think the meanest thing you could say to Corinne would be to say, Youre very pleasant. She would take that as an insult of the highest order.
Name: Crystal Cox
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Former Olympic Athlete
Bio: Crystal Cox, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in track for the 4 X 400m Relay, is ready to tackle new challenges as a contestant on this season of SURVIVOR. As a single mother and athlete, she is the sole provider for her family and calls herself "the glue that holds the home together."
As a child, Cox's family frequently moved, forcing her to adapt. The only girl in a home with four brothers, Crystal held her own physically and became mentally tough as a result.
Cox currently works as childcare teacher, high school track coach and a professional athlete. She has a B.A. in communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
When Crystal is not training to compete, she enjoys surfing the internet, traveling and relaxing. Her hobbies include volleyball, kickball and softball. She describes herself as a leader who is outspoken and open minded. She possesses the three "Bs" required to be Sole Survivor, which are: brains, beauty and blazing speed!
Cox currently lives with her daughter, Destiny, her boyfriend Harry and his son in Durham, North Carolina. Her birth date is March 28, 1979.
Jeff Probst says: I think Crystals big dilemma is going to be, What does she say that she does? Who does she say she is? Because its obvious shes an athlete. Crystal has a mouth on her. She does not edit. That makes her great at Tribal Council, but a liability in the game.
Name: Dan Kay
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Lawyer (Not ANOTHER one. UGH.)
Bio: Dan Kay has come a long way from his blue-collar roots in Boston. Born and raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, he was very involved in athletics, especially football, skiing and track. While in high school, Dan played on a varsity football team, which had a long tradition of winning, a tradition that has helped shape his strong work-ethic. He graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science & English and later would earn his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Charismatic, hard working and goal oriented, most of Dan's traits were formed from the influence provided by his parents and a select few coaches and teachers. As a young boy, his father became disabled, leaving his mother to care for his family and, eventually, his ill grandmother, all while working as a full-time nurse. In addition, Dan credits his mother's work ethic and unselfish attitude for his strong desire to overcome any obstacles in his career and personal life.
Dan has practiced law in Boston for five years, which helped him to purchase several investment properties. However, dedicating so much of his time to his practice left him depressed and feeling less than fulfilled with his life. Prior to leaving for SURVIVOR, he sold off a number of investments and spent time away from his job, in an effort to focus more on himself and his friends and family. He believes this recent awareness, along with having an increased appreciation for the people in his life rather than material possessions, will help him succeed not only in his personal life, but on SURVIVOR.
Attractive, athletic, single and a lawyer, Dan is set to make a big impression on his competitors. Dan's hobbies include skiing, running, biking, weight training and cooking. Currently, he is training to compete in his first triathlon.
He is single and lives in Boston. His birthdate is June 30, 1976.
Jeff Probst says: Hes earnest, but he is his own worst enemy. He means well and does not know when to shut up. Hes like a cocker spaniel, charming and annoying at the same time.
Name: Danny "GC" Brown
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Occupation: Maintenance Man
Bio: Danny Brown deems himself a true SURVIVOR, having overcome a difficult childhood including homelessness, and a mother who constantly moved both him and his brother to temporary housing. However, despite his hardships, Brown was resilient and optimistic.
As a child, Brown learned to swim and fish in the Colorado River and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. He said he would quit his job to live outside if he could. His hobbies include producing music, fishing and traveling. He enjoys playing basketball and lifting weights whenever he gets the chance. He describes himself as adventurous, outgoing and silly, and he doesn't like dishonest people.
Brown currently works as a maintenance supervisor for the apartment complex where he lives and claims that making it through the week there is a challenge in itself. His job consists of cleaning, painting, plumbing, electrical repairs and customer service for the tenants.
He believes that his determination, hard work and social skills can get him to the end.
Brown lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend, Shannan. He shares his home with his dog Chica, a cat named Scout and five snakes. His birth date is July 13, 1982.
Jeff Probst says: G.C. is a fish out of water. Does he have the fortitude to really do this? Because when I talked to him before the show it seemed like a lot of nervous energy masquerading as confidence. But it was, really, I felt, fear, like What am I getting into? And thats not a good place to be because what youre getting into is a big ol headache.
Name: Gillian Larson
Hometown: Temecula, California
Occupation: Retired Nurse
Bio: Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years, Gillian Larson has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of experiences throughout her 61 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S. states, much of it backpacking. This adventurous "granny" can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she is an perfect fit for the game of SURVIVOR, having applied 15 times, always believing she would one day be selected.
Married 37 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three married daughters and four grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was awarded several academic and athletic honors. Gillian met her husband in Germany and moved to the United States. The couple has relocated 18 times and currently resides in Temecula, Calif. since 2001. Her proudest achievement is her awesome family.
When she isn't scuba diving or hiking through the mountains, Gillian enjoys travel, writing, photography, gardening, spending time with her family and her eclectic group of friends who range from 2 to 92.
For her 60th birthday, she got a purple butterfly tattoo on her left hip. A very good swimmer, this SURVIVOR-addict feels that she has what is takes to be the oldest winner yet.
After SURVIVOR, Larson's new goal is to be a motivational speaker, focusing on "believe in yourself and you can achieve anything."
Gillian's birthday is February 24, 1947.
Jeff Probst says: Charm is her strength because shes likable in doses, and thats her liability. Does she know when enough is enough? You can only hear someone say Im from South Africa so many times before you want to say, Why dont you go back to South Africa!
Name: Jacque Berg
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
Occupation: Medical Sales (hmm, sounds familiar)
Bio: Jacque Berg always plays to win and will settle for nothing less than number one. She's trained her whole life to play a game like SURVIVOR. Competing in several sports such as gymnastics, water polo, crew, track and swimming, she's proven herself a leader.
Berg thrives off pressure and has gone as far as competing against sales executives with 10 years experience to land her dream job as a medical device sales representative. Berg, one of the youngest people in her industry, is also a writer and charity organizer.
Constantly on the go, Jacque admits she doesn't like to sit still and is full of life. Her hobbies include running, swimming, surfing and boating. She describes herself as enthusiastic, adventurous, sweet and extremely positive. Her biggest pet peeve is people who talk about their big dreams but do nothing about it. She believes we all have control over our own destiny.
Berg confesses that she performs her best when in extreme situations and can't wait to overcome the physical and mental challenges SURVIVOR will offer.
Berg grew up in Minnesota and is currently single and lives in Santa Barbara, California. She has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Her birth date is September 10, 1982.
Jeff Probst says: I think Jacque will be a bit of a dark horse. I dont think shell be a leader. I think shell use her looks and her charm to get in with the right guy and hope that she can ride with that guy as far as she can. If Jacque gets deep into the show I think shes a legitimate threat at the challenges. Shes pretty fit.
Name: Jessica "Sugar" Kiper
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Pin-Up Model (uh...)
Bio: Jessica Kiper prides herself on being flirty and fun. When she is not acting, this 29 year old works as a waitress named "Sugar" at '50s diners and enjoys singing and making music. Friends describe this single, free-spirit as crazy, funny and cool. Currently, this blonde pin-up model lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her dog, "Major P. Pants," but has spent time living in various places throughout the country including Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.
Jessica can be a bit of a goofball and her laugh is contagious. Although at first glance she may not look tough, despite being adorned with several tattoos, Kiper has been through a lot in her life, including the recent death of her father, whom she called her hero. Despite the struggles she's faced, Kiper has always come out on top. She is ready to bring her spunk, positive attitude and bubbly personality into the game of SURVIVOR and hopes to grow as a person after the experience and win enough money to "get off people's couches."
Jessica was born on February 22, 1979. Those who watch the show "Gilmore Girls" may recognize her.
Jeff Probst says: She makes every decision from her heart and not her head. Shes very emotional, somewhat naïve, and I think when you first look at her, the question is going to be, Can she hack it out here? Does she have what it takes? It doesnt take much for Sugar to break into tears.
Name: Kelly Czarnecki
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Occupation: Retail Sales (this is starting to sound REALLY familiar)
Bio: Kelly Czarnecki describes herself as a leader by nature. And though she has worked for everything she has, she'll also be the first tell you that "she gets what she wants and does what she wants." Don't be fooled by her girl-next-door looks - Czarnecki is a mid-western spitfire who loves the outdoors. Called adventurous and ambitious by her friends, this one-time cheerleader always finishes what she starts because to her there's always a reward at the end.
Hailing from Buffalo Grove, Ill., Kelly has three brothers who have helped make her both physically and mentally tough. In her free time, Czarnecki loves to camp, hike and canoe. She describes herself as an energetic strong minded achiever for which self-confidence is not a issue. This fashionista can be found at the gym at least five times a week and is skilled in kickboxing, yoga and Pilates. Although most of Kelly's time is spent focusing on her career goals, she is a self-proclaimed "denim expert," and hopes to one day open her own clothing store.
Aside from studying fashion marketing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Kelly is also the sales manager at one of the top retail boutiques in Chicago. Czarnecki claims "she is a hell of a salesperson and can talk anyone into anything," although she also wants them to feel good about their purchase. She believes it is those leadership skills she's received from her job and schooling that has prepared her for SURVIVOR.
Kelly resides in Buffalo Grove, Ill. and her birth date is April 4, 1986.
Jeff Probst says: The way I would describe Kelly is that she is part of the Text Message Generation. And she speaks that way, shell say OMG! for Oh my God! Thats Kelly. And just as a grown man looking at her I could say, Thats charming, shes young and has her whole life ahead of her. But as a tribemate Id probably say, If she says OMG, Ill probably say GTFOH.
He's a homo.........
Name: Ken Hoang
Hometown: Westminster, California
Occupation: Professional Gamer
Bio: Ken Hoang gives a new meaning to the term "gamer." Known to the gaming community as "the King of Smash," Hoang is a professional at his craft. As the current international champion of Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers Melee video game, Ken has traveled the world from Japan to Australia to prove his dominance.
Hoang uses his tournament winnings to help support his family. He and his siblings still live at home to help pay the mortgage. It has also led to a strong bond among his brothers and sisters. In fact it was his sister that started his addiction to SURVIVOR.
While he may seem like an interesting choice for a game based in the outdoors, this gamer sees it as an amazing opportunity. Ken is very creative, and has a strong passion for art, a skill he is currently going to college to fine tune. When not playing videogames or brushing up on his art, Hoang enjoys playing with his pets, a Maincoon cat named Kinski and a Husky named Monster.
He loves the fact that he will be considered an underdog because everyone will underestimate his prowess at playing mind games. Nobody would look at him and believe he climbed Mt. Fuji at the age of 20. Ready to exploit his slight physical stature, Ken will trick his fellow players into seeing him as a non-threat, only to smash them if they get in his way.
Ken is single and currently resides in Westminster, Calif. His birth date is October 10, 1985.
Jeff Probst says: Ken the gamer is one of my favorite people who has been on the show in a long time. He is convinced his gaming expertise is absolutely in line with what it takes to win, that he knows this game backward and forward simply because hes a gamer. But Ken is a true nerd. I think when the show began he weighed less than [China's] Courtney did.
Lawyers, by nature, already know how to lie, cheat, steal and ultimately screw people. He didn't have to "train" for survivor, he's already acquired pro status........
I hope he drowns or gets bitten by a rabid monkey.......
Name: Marcus Lehman
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Bio: Marcus Lehman, a young doctor from Jacksonville, Fla. considers himself mentally and physically prepared to compete for his chance to be the sole SURVIVOR.
Recognized as the state of Georgia's hottest bachelor by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2006, Lehman strives to achieve the highest levels in all areas of life.
A rower and graduate of Harvard University, Marcus went on to finish medical school at Emory University while developing his interest in triathlons. The single resident physician of Cuban-American descent will eventually work as an anesthesiologist after he completes specialty training, but also continues to develop his interest in medical reporting and acts as a spokesman for preventative medicine.
Marcus describes himself as a romantic who enjoys exercising, playing music, cooking and fine wine, not to mention doing some flirting on his way to finding the perfect girl. Marcus hopes he will be able to use his charm and physical prowess to make it far in the game.
Lehman's birthday is October 3, 1979.
Jeff Probst says: Marcus is a physician, as he likes to remind people. And he is a true leader, an extremely bright guy. Hes a hero. He is a huge threat to win the game, for sure. He has looks, hes got smarts, hes probably the fittest guy out there, so hes got a lot of things going for him.
Take off her swim suit and she's just another Ho waiting for John Edwards........
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