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Kelly Bruno
S21 Kelly Bruno
Contestant Profile
Born: March 23, 1984 (1984-03-23) (age 33)
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Medical Student
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): La Flor
Finish: 15/20
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 8
Days Lasted: 15

Kelly Bruno is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

The second amputee to compete on Survivor, Kelly found herself alienated from her tribe due to her initial place in the minority alliance. She was also caught in confrontations with NaOnka, who ignored her physical disability, most notably in a fight for a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol.


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Name: Kelly Bruno (26)
Tribe: La Flor
Current Residence: Durham, N.C.
Occupation: Medical Student at University of North Carolina
Personal Claim to Fame: Becoming the second and fastest female amputee to finish the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2007.
Inspiration in Life: My father who was recently killed in the earthquake in Haiti. He was there with Food for the Poor to bring hope and aid to people less fortunate. My dad was a doctor, a teacher and a humanist. I most admired him and looked up to him for his willingness to help others. He lived his life to the fullest every single day. His legacy will be carried on by all of the lives he touched during his life.
Hobbies: Triathlons, cooking and traveling.
Pet Peeves: When people chew ice or blow bubbles in an otherwise quiet room.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, persistent and strong-willed.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Christy Smith because she also faced a physical disadvantage that, in the end, gave her additional strength. I also relate to Helen Glover's no-nonsense-appeal as that is how I approach my own life; with a no-nonsense attitude.
Reason for being on SURVIVOR: The challenge and the competition; I also want to honor my father who has been a strong influence in overcoming many of the challenges I've faced as an amputee and in life.
Why you think you will be the sole SURVIVOR: I'm physically and mentally strong. I've overcome obstacles before when the odds were stacked up against me and I can do it again.[1]


Upon revealing her artificial leg to her tribemates, she caused mixed reactions. Some members stipulated that her artificial leg might cause them problems during a challenge and making her a large threat should she make it to the Final Tribal Council. This fact would be put on hold when La Flor won the first Immunity Challenge. Though they lost the second one, the tribe was amazed on how Kelly B. performed at the challenge, gaining some respect, although they still had reservations. After the loss, Bruno joined Shannon Elkins' alliance to supposedly eliminate Brenda Lowe. But after Shannon made crude remarks at Tribal Council, she jumped ships to Brenda's alliance of Benry Henry, NaOnka Mixon, Sash Lenahan, Chase Rice, and Kelly Shinn, where Shannon paid the price and was voted out. Though she joined them in voting Shannon out, siding with him in the first place put her into a minority position in the tribe.

After sacrificing the Medallion of Power to the rival Espada tribe for fishing gear in Day 1, she and tribe mate Alina Wilson discovered that the trade also gave them a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol buried somewhere at camp, though the two failed to locate it. After winning the Day 8 combined Reward/Immunity Challenge with a basket of fruits for reward, she raced against tribe mate and majority alliance member NaOnka Mixon for a basket containing a second Hidden Immunity Idol clue, with the latter even shoving her and wasting some of the fruits they had won. When Mixon finally found the La Flor Immunity Idol the next day, she followed Kelly B. and Alina trying to find the Idol for themselves. Not knowing that NaOnka already found it, they searched at the place where NaOnka found it, only to be caught by NaOnka, who started bullying Bruno to break her confidence. Though appalled of how NaOnka mistreated her, Kelly B. decided to stay reserved.

During the tribe shuffle, Kelly B. stayed at La Flor. At the Day 15 Double Tribal Council twist, she was targeted by Brenda, who never had an allegiance with her. Eventually, the vote ended up in a tie, with Bruno and ex-Espada member Marty Piombo having three votes each, with Brenda having two votes. After a revote, Kelly B. was shocked when she was blindsided by a 5-1 vote.

Voting History

Kelly B.'s Voting History
Episode Kelly B.'s
Voted Against
Kelly B.
1 La Flor Tribe Immune
2 Shannon -
3 La Flor Tribe Immune
4 La Flor Tribe Immune
5 La Flor Tribe Immune
6 Marty;
Brenda, Fabio, Kelly S.;
Brenda, Fabio, Jill,
Kelly S., Sash
Voted Off, Day 15

^1 In Worst Case Scenario, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Kelly B. and Marty, forcing a revote. Jill and Sash changed their votes to Kelly B. on the revote, eliminating her from the game.


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  • Kelly B. is the second amputee Survivor contestant, following Chad Crittenden from Survivor: Vanuatu.
  • Kelly B. is the lowest placing female member of the La Flor tribe.
  • Kelly B. was the first contestant to be voted out during a pre-merge tied vote since James Miller from Survivor: Palau.
  • Kelly B. is the only female member of the original La Flor to not be part of the merged tribe or the jury.
  • Both times she attended Tribal Council, she voted against the oldest male on her tribe.


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