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Chris Daugherty
S9 Chris Daugherty
Contestant Profile
Born: August 29, 1970 (1970-08-29) (age 46)
Hometown: South Vienna, Ohio
Occupation: Highway Construction Worker
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Vanuatu
Tribe(s): Lopevi
Alinta
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Fat Five
Final Four Alliance
Challenge Wins: 12
Votes Against: 3
Days Lasted: 39
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Christopher "Chris" Daugherty is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Vanuatu.

With tremendously heavy odds to overcome, such as blowing the first Immunity Challenge, and being the last man standing by Day 27, Chris is commonly considered to be one of the series' unlikeliest winners, and is regarded as having one of the best Final Tribal Council performances of all time. He is also remembered for his very eccentric and intense confessionals.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Originally from West Jefferson, Ohio, Chris Daugherty attended Madison Plains High School, followed by two years of college at Kentucky Christian College. Daughtery aspires to be a teacher and is most proud to have been able to entertain a class of 4th graders on Career Day.

Daugherty currently works for the Ohio Department of Transportation building roads. He previously worked for his father's drainage company as a heavy equipment operator and has also worked in a sporting goods store. His hobbies include going to NASCAR races, four-wheeling in his jeep and playing basketball. He describes himself as spontaneous, funny and creative. He loves children and tends to gravitate toward the underdog. He believes his ability to think quickly on his feet, willingness to help others and strong physical and mental condition will help him become the Sole Survivor.

Daugherty currently resides in South Vienna, Ohio, with his fiancée, Lorie, and his pet lizard. His birth date is August 29, 1970.[1]

Survivor: Vanuatu

Since the beginning of the game Chris has been struggling to survive. In the first Immunity Challenge, balance was required to get all the tribe members across and light a fire. Chris never made it across the beam. Early on the athletic men of the Lopevi tribe figured the rest of the tribe, would agree Chris would be the weakest link and the first boot. However the four athletic men were in for a shock when Chris, Rory Freeman, Lea Masters, Chad Crittenden, and Travis Sampson created "The Fat Five" alliance and took out Brook in a 5-3-1 vote.

The athletic men were picked off and the game became divided by gender in terms of alliances, rather than age. Only Rory, Sarge, Chris, and Chad made the merge from the original Lopevi tribe and were outnumbered by the original Yasur tribe made up of: Scout Cloud Lee, Twila Tanner, Julie Berry, Ami Cusack, Leann Slaby, and Eliza Orlins. Rory, Sarge, and Chad were all voted off within the first nine days of the merge, leaving Chris the last man standing.

On Day 28 a Loved Ones Challenge was held, and the loved ones also got to compete in a special Immunity Challenge the following day. During the Immunity Challenge the women took note of how much heart Chris and his fiance Lorie had. This caused Ami and her alliance to keep Chris around one more week and vote out tribal annoyance Eliza. But Twila and Scout, not happy with their positions in the game, hatched a new plan that could drastically change the outcome of the game. Together they approached Chris about a new alliance. Chris, Twila, and Scout managed to lure in Eliza, the next target, and this new alliance successfully eliminated Ami's closest ally Leann. The alliance targeted Leann because Ami already had immunity. From there the new alliance made up of Twila, Scout, Chris, and Eliza picked off Ami, the biggest threat, followed by Julie, who Chris considered his little sister.

When it came down to the final four, Chris looked over his odds and decided to vote with Twila and Scout to get rid of his biggest competition, but closest friend, Eliza. Eliza earned the sixth spot on the jury. From there Chris won his Third Individual Immunity Challenge and voted out Scout Cloud Lee, who he felt was more popular with the jury members than Twila, facing off against Twila Tanner in the Final Two. At Final Tribal Council Chris was called out about his lying and abusing close relationships in order to progress. It seemed at first like the odds were against Chris with five women and only two men on the jury, but Chris also knew Twila was the least liked of all by the jury members. Chris owned up to all his actions, was apologetic to many jury members, and gave a great political performance, while Twila was rougher but more honest in her answers. The final votes came in and in a 5-2 vote, Chris Daugherty beat out Twila Tanner for the million dollar prize.

Voting History

Chris's Voting History
Episode Chris's
Votes
Voted Against
Chris
1 Brook Brook, John K.,
John P.
2 Lopevi Tribe Immune
3 John P. -
4 Brady -
5 Lopevi Tribe Immune
6 Lopevi Tribe Immune
7 John K. -
8 Ami -
9 Lea -
10 Eliza -
11 Leann -
12 Ami Individual Immunity
13 Julie -
14 Eliza Individual Immunity
Scout Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Chris
Chad, Eliza, Julie,
Lea, Leann
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Post-Survivor

  • In February 13, 2005, Chris married his fiancée, Lorie Groves. Groves is known to be active in the Survivor online community. 
  • In Summer of 2009, Chris, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?"[2]
  • On January 9, 2010, Chris attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary to party along with all of his Vanuatu cast mates.

Trivia

  • According to the CBS polls, Chris is the most popular contestant from Survivor: Vanuatu. Early on, however, Ami Cusack was the fan favorite up until the merge due to her schemings.
  • Chris is the first male Sole Survivor to defeat a castaway from the opposing tribe in the finals.
  • Chris broke the streak of three consecutive seasons being won by women. Ironically, from “Surprise and... Surprise Again!” onward, he was the only man left.
  • Chris, Jenna Morasca, and Sophie Clarke are the only Sole Survivors to receive votes at the first Tribal Council they attended.
    • Since Jenna and Sophie's tribes won the first Immunity Challenge in their seasons, Chris remains the only winner to receive votes at the first Tribal Council of the season.
  • According to his testimonial on "The Funny 115", Chris claimed he yelled "f*** yeah" after he won. He also claimed that the shirt he wore through out the game was planned by CBS, not by him.[3]
  • Chris and Colby Donaldson tie for most confessionals in a single episode, with 17. Chris achieved this record in the last two of Vanuatu's episodes.

References

Preceded by
All-Stars
S8 amber t
Amber Brkich
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Vanuatu
S9 chris t
Chris Daugherty
Succeeded by
Palau
S10 tom t
Tom Westman

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