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Kelly Bruno
S21 Kelly Bruno
Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 23, 1984 (1984-03-23) (age 32)
Hometown Durham, North Carolina
Occupation Medical student


Tribe(s) La Flor
Placement 15/20
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 8
Day(s) 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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Kelly Bruno was 6 months old when she had her leg amputated below the knee due to a congenital deformity. She currently holds world records for amputees in the 200m and 800m distances, has won gold at the 2008 New York Triathlon and ITU World Triathlon Championships in the amputee division, and was the second amputee to finish the Ironman Kona Triathlon in Hawaii in 2007, setting the current record for the course in the process. In 2008, she was named a ball girl at the US Open - a first for an amputee. Her father, Dr. Richard Bruno, who was a teacher at Lynn University, was killed while overseeing an outreach mission in Haiti during the earthquake in January 2010.

Survivor: Nicaragua

Bruno surprised her tribe mates that she had a prosthetic leg due to a birth defect. The revelation caused mixed reactions within the tribe. 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 for the oldest male on her tribe.


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