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Crystal Cox
S17 Crystal Cox
Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 28, 1979 (1979-03-28) (age 36)
Hometown Durham, NC
Occupation Olympic athlete
Childcare Teacher


Tribe(s) Fang
► Kota
Placement 6/18
Alliance(s) Fang Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 2
Vote(s) Against 11
Day(s) Lasted 36

Crystal Cox is a contestant from Survivor: Gabon.

Crystal is best remembered for doing lackluster in physical challenges despite being an Olympic Athlete, being a strategic powerhouse with close friend and ally, Ken Hoang before being ultimately blindsided during the Final Six, and her infamous vote for Randy Bailey to be eliminated in the Final Eight.


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.

Survivor: GabonEdit

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Voting HistoryEdit

Crystal's Voting History
Episode Crystal's
Voted Against
1 Michelle -
2 Gillian -
3 Fang Tribe Immune
4 Jacquie -
5 G.C. -
6 Kelly Kelly
7 Ace Ace, Matty
8 Marcus -
9 Charlie Bob, Charlie,
Corinne, Randy
10 Randy -
12 Corinne -
13 Matty1 Bob, Matty,
Sugar, Susie
Voted Off, Day 36
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In The Good Guys Should Win in the End, Sugar used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Matty, negating Crystal's vote against him.


  • Since Survivor: Gabon, Crystal has married.
  • On January 9, 2010, Crystal attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of her Gabon cast mates.
  • On January 29, 2010, the Associated Press and reported that Crystal admitted to using anabolic steroids from 2001 through 2004. As a result, she has forfeited all of her results from that time period, and received a four-year suspension. The suspension lasted until January 2014. The International Association of Athletics Federations has recommended that the entire U.S. 2004 Olympic women's 4x400m relay team be stripped of their gold medals.


  • Crystal had the first confessional of Gabon.
  • Crystal is the tallest female Survivor so far, at 6' 3" (190 cm).
  • Crystal won 2 challenges and lost 19 over the course of the game. Of the 19 losses, 11 were tribal challenges and 8 were individual challenges.
  • Crystal was only immune for one Tribal Council.
  • Crystal had the most votes cast against her in Survivor: Gabon with 11.
  • Crystal was the last woman voted out of Gabon.
  • Crystal turned downed the offer to appear on American Gladiator to be on Survivor. 
  • Crystal, along with her tribemate Ken, was on a tribe with every castaway in her season at some point, with the exception of Paloma.


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