Caryn Groedel
S10 Caryn Groedel
Contestant Profile
Born: August 13, 1958 (1958-08-13) (age 59)
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Occupation: Civil Rights Lawyer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Koror
Finish: 5/20
Alliance(s): Koror Alliance (affiliated)
Challenge Wins: 12
Votes Against: 7
Days Lasted: 36

Caryn Markowitz Groedel[1] is a contestant from Survivor: Palau.


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Born and raised in New York, Caryn Groedel attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She went on to George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where she attended night school while working full-time as a legal secretary.

After receiving her law degree, Groedel briefly dabbled in insurance defense and real estate law before finding her niche in civil rights and employment discrimination law. She served for two years as the Executive Director for The Women's Law Fund, a non-profit organization, before opening her own practice.

Groedel enjoys running, tennis, biking, rollerblading, reading and painting. Her favorite activity of all is spending time with her daughters. She describes herself as ambitious, energetic and adventurous.

Caryn and her husband, Howard, currently reside in Solon, Ohio, with their three daughters, Hannah (15), Isabel (12) and Mia (6). Her birth date is August 13, 1958.[2]

Survivor: Palau

As a member of the Koror tribe, she and the other members enjoyed a dominant winning streak. However, she wasn't vital in those challenges and would have been vulnerable had Koror lost. Despite being outside of the majority alliance consisting of Tom, Ian, Katie, Gregg, and Jenn, Willard would be voted out at the only Tribal Council Koror attended. After the merge, Caryn was in a much better position and was a part of most players' preferred alliance plans. She had the opportunity to join Jenn, Katie, and Stephenie in an all girl alliance, but since she felt she trusted Tom, she stayed loyal to him and the plan fell through. Caryn would be a vital player in the next vote as Tom and Ian looked to blindside Gregg. With Katie flipping at the last minute, Caryn succeeded in blindsiding him. After being caught in the crosshairs during a few shifts in power, she became a target on Day 36. Caryn tried to convince Katie and Jenn to vote out Ian since he had been scheming as well, as well as being a bigger threat in challenges. Pleading the tribe not to "shoot the messenger", they did exactly that by voting her out 4-1. Caryn's bond and respect for Tom lead to her voting for him at Final Tribal Council, and he would eventually win by a 6-1 vote.

Voting History

Caryn's Voting History
Episode Caryn's
Voted Against
1 Koror Tribe Immune
2 Koror Tribe Immune
3 Koror Tribe Immune
4 Koror Tribe Immune
5 Willard -
6 Koror Tribe Immune
7 Koror Tribe Immune
8 Koror Tribe Immune
9 Coby -
10 No vote
11 Stephenie Stephenie
12 Gregg Gregg, Jenn
13 Ian Ian, Jenn,
Katie, Tom
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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