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Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien

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S4 Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien

Contestant Profile
Born: January 6, 1955 (1955-01-06) (age 61)
Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Marquesas
Tribe(s): Rotu
► Maraamu
Soliantu
Finish: 3/16
Alliance(s): Outsiders Alliance
Challenge Wins: 12
Votes Against: 5
Days Lasted: 38
All-Stars
Tribe(s): Mogo Mogo
► Chapera
Chaboga Mogo
Finish: 8/18
Alliance(s): Mogo Mogo Alliance
Challenge Wins: 7
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 28
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Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien is a contestant from Survivor: Marquesas and Survivor: All-Stars.

Initially known as the de-facto leader of the Rotu tribe, Kathy had rubbed people the wrong way until she was transferred to the rival Maraamu tribe at the tribe switch, where she was perceived as more likable, enough for her to gain the trust of Neleh Dennis, and Paschal English. Kathy later became a key element in the downfall of the Rotu Four alliance by forming a counter-alliance with Neleh, Paschal, Sean Rector and Vecepia Towery.

In All-Stars , she is known for leading the Mogo Mogo tribe along with Lex van den Berghe, being able to "bamboozle" the series first winner, Richard Hatch, and for joining Lex into voting off Jerri Manthey over Amber Brkich, resulting in her elimination after Lex's after they were both betrayed by Rob Mariano.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, N. Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, California. She attended Cohasset High School in Massachusetts before her four years of college at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien currently works as a real estate agent. Prior to this, she was self-employed for 10 years running her small businesses: a unique paper, gifts, and art products store and an event-planning business. She also worked in newspaper advertising. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, skiing, sailing, road-biking and fly-fishing. In 1998, she biked across the United States for the American Lung Association as a dedication to her father. The trip was 48 days from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and raised over $1.5 million.

Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien currently resides in Burlington, Vermont. She has one son, Patrick. Her birth date is Jan. 6.[1]

Since finishing in third place on SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien began a foundation to help women gain self confidence through outdoor adventure, challenges and risk taking (www.therealfoundation.com). Kathy also has established a new business (R3) to encourage and inspire corporate teams and individuals.

Kathy was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and San Diego. She attended Cohasset High School in Massachusetts before her four years of college at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Kathy currently works as a real estate agent in Northern Vermont. Prior to this, she was self-employed for 10 years running two small businesses: a unique paper, gifts and art products store and an event-planning business. She also worked in newspaper advertising. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, skiing, sailing, road-biking and fly-fishing. In 1998, she biked across the country for the American Lung Association as a dedication to her father. The trip was 48 days from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and raised more than $1.5 million.

Kathy currently resides in Burlington, Vermont. She has one son, Patrick. Her birth date is Jan. 6, 1955.[2]

Survivor

Marquesas

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Voting History

Kathy's Voting History
Episode Kathy's
Votes
Voted Against
Kathy
1 Rotu Tribe Immune
2 Rotu Tribe Immune
3 Rotu Tribe Immune
4 Sarah Sarah
5 Maraamu Tribe Immune
6 Gina Gina
7 Zoe Individual Immunity
8 John -
10 Zoe -
11 Tammy -
12 Robert -
13 Sean Individual Immunity
14 Neleh Neleh, Paschal
Ineligible Neleh
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Neleh

All-Stars

Kathy returned to Survivor as part of the Mogo Mogo tribe, which found itself divided from the start, as the men and women immediately plotted against one another. After a brief meeting, the tribe agreed to set politicking aside and focus on winning challenges. For the first twelve days, Kathy was in no immediate danger as Mogo Mogo routinely finished second at Immunity Challenges.

On Day 13, a high-stakes Reward Challenge was held, with the last placing tribe to be absorbed by the other two tribes. Mogo Mogo finished first, and chose to take in Ethan Zohn and Jerri Manthey from the dissolved Saboga tribe as new tribe members. Two days later, Kathy and the rest of Mogo Mogo suffered her first immunity loss; and while it would seem the tribe was united enough to continue the ongoing trend of voting out former winners (in this case, Ethan), Kathy and Shii-Ann were approached by Lex van den Berghe, who proposed an idea to vote out their tribe's former winner, Richard Hatch, who was perceived as the biggest competition by virtue of being the first Survivor winner. Kathy found herself in the middle all afternoon between two blocs: Hatch and the women who agreed to vote out Colby Donaldson, and the men, who wanted Hatch gone. Ultimately, Kathy, and the Mogo Mogo tribe unanimously voted Richard out.


Kathy joined a separate women's alliance consisting of herself, Shii Ann Huang and Jerri along with being in the main alliance with Lex. The women planned to vote off Colby first for his mistreatment of Jerri in their first season. Later, Jerri convinced Lex to join the women's alliance. When Mogo Mogo lost the Immunity Challenge in “Sorry... I Blew It” Kathy was kidnapped by Chapera. She felt very accepted by Chapera and was surprised at the easy going nature of the tribe, in comparison to Mogo Mogo's serious nature. Since Kathy was at Chapera she skipped the Tribal Council where Colby was voted out.

When Kathy returned to Mogo Mogo she was saddened because her small break from her tribe was over. After receiving Tree Mail saying that the tribe had to send a member from Mogo Mogo to Chapera. Kathy was selected because she had already formed a bond with the tribe. Once again Kathy had a great time at Chapera. Kathy returned to Mogo Mogo after the Reward Challenge. Mogo Mogo failed to win the Immunity Challenge sending Kathy to Tribal Council again. Kathy's alliance targeted Ethan for being the only outsider of the tribe and for being a former winner. Although Ethan was the easy choice, Kathy was approached by Ethan to form a counter alliance and vote out Jerri. At Tribal Council Kathy stuck with her original alliance and Ethan was voted off.

On Day 23 the tribes met, with Mogo Mogo and Chapera expecting a merge. Jeff asked the castaways to pair of and have a private chat with one-another. Kathy was paired up with Alicia Calaway. Jeff later revealed that the tribes were not merging, instead they were switching. Kathy, along with all the remaining Mogo Mogo members were all switched to Chapera. Amber Brkich was the only new member on the tribe. Chapera celebrated when they reached their new campsite. The new Chapera tribe lost the Immunity Challenge. While leaving the challenge Lex struck a deal with Mogo Mogo member, Rob Mariano to save Amber. The tribe went along with Lex's idea and targeted Jerri. Kathy went along with Lex's plan to vote out Jerri and Jerri was voted out at Tribal Council.

The tribes merged on Day 26 into the Chaboga Mogo tribe. Kathy assumed she was in a good place in the game, having a previous bond with the members of Mogo Mogo and having made a deal with Rob. Kathy won the first Individual Immunity Challenge. When Rob revealed he planned on betraying Lex, Kathy considered giving Immunity to Lex to save him but possibly eliminate herself, but Lex told her no and to keep her immunity. At Tribal Council Kathy decided to keep her immunity so Lex was voted out. Kathy then became a target due to her being one of the last remaining original Mogo Mogo members. At the Reward Challenge, Kathy was teamed up with Jenna LewisBig Tom Buchanan, and Rupert Boneham. Kathy's team lost, which also prevented her from competing for immunity. Rob gave up his reward so everyone else can have there's. Kathy wonder if the move was strategic or from pure kindness. Kathy warned the lower members of the Chapera Alliance to come with Mogo Mogo or be picked off. Kathy's lobbying failed and she was voted out 6-2.

At the Final Tribal Council, Kathy was the second person to speak. Kathy reminded Rob on after Marquesas he was worried about how he was going to be perceived. Her question to him was what will people think of him after he used and killed friendships to get to a place, where is that place and he is concerned about this. Rob admitted to abusing friendships and is worried about it, but he didn't know where that place is. Rob also claimed he was not a Malicious person and would intentionally hurt anybody. Kathy then asked Amber if she was playing Rob and if she won, would she continued her relationship with him in real life. Amber admitted that she was initially flirting with Rob as strategy. However, as the game continued, she did genuine feelings for him and would hope to continue their relationship. Kathy then give an emotional heartfelt speech about how Rob crushed her severely and that the finalists could have taken a different way that would not have left the jury hurt as they are now. Kathy voted for Rob to win. Her reason was that she still believed that they had a friendship, just it was fractured. However, he lost to Amber by one vote 4-3.

Voting History

Kathy's Voting History
Episode Kathy's
Votes
Voted Against
Kathy
1 Mogo Mogo Tribe Immune
2 Mogo Mogo Tribe Immune
3 No Tribal Council
4 Mogo Mogo Tribe Immune
5 Richard -
6 No Tribal Council
7 Kidnapped By Chapera1
8 Ethan -
10 Jerri -
11 Amber Individual Immunity
12 Amber Alicia, Amber, Jenna L.,
Rob M., Rupert, Tom
Voted Off, Day 28
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Rob M.

^1 In Sorry... I Blew It, Kathy was kidnapped by the Chapera tribe, granting her immunity from Mogo Mogo's Tribal Council.

Post-Survivor

  • In 2003, Kathy was one of several castaways who appeared on MTV's Men vs. Women: Rumble in the Jungle, a preview show for Survivor: The Amazon and offered her commentary in the debate of which gender was stronger.[3][4]
  • On January 9, 2010, Kathy attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.

 Trivia

Statistics of Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien
Longevity
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 66
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 14
Individual wins: 5
Total wins: 19
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 11
Exile Island
Times exiled: N/A
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A
  • Kathy is the first, and so far only, Survivor contestant from Vermont.
  • Kathy's luxury item in Marquesas was a painting kit.
  • Kathy was the first woman to finish in third place.
  • Kathy was the oldest castaway on the original Mogo Mogo tribe and the oldest woman on Survivor: All-Stars.
  • Kathy was the first castaway to win individual immunity in two separate seasons.
  • In All-Stars, Kathy became the first person to be voted out on Day 28.

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