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Ken McNickle
Contestant Profile
Born: September 20, 1982 (1982-09-20) (age 34)[1]
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Occupation: Model
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Millennials vs. Gen X
Tribe(s): Takali
Finish: Co-Runner-Up (2/20)
Alliance(s): David's Vinaka Alliance
Challenge Wins: 9
Votes Against: 3
Days Lasted: 39

Kenneth "Ken" Cole McNickle[2] is a contestant from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

A mostly reserved and quiet contestant, Ken was on the outs with his original tribe with the exception of fellow outsider David Wright. After David saved Jessica Lewis from an early blindside, the three grew to what would eventually become the most prevalent post-merge alliance. Ken proved himself to be a hard worker around camp, becoming the main provider for the tribe, as well as a strong physical competitor, winning four individual Immunity Challenges. Ken eventually blindsided his ally David, fearing he was too big of a threat to win, at the penultimate Tribal Council. Ultimately, Ken's lack of strategic gameplay for most of the season garnered him no votes at the Final Tribal Council.


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Name: Ken McNickle
Age: 33
Current residence: Denver, CO
Occupation: Model
Tribe designation: Takali (Gen-X)
Three words to describe you: Driven, mindful, and perceptive.
Hobbies: Anything outdoors (i.e. hiking, camping and fishing), playing and watching music, and dancing.
Pet peeves: Superficial connections and communication.
What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? It's a generation of hard workers who were on the cusp of some incredible social, political and technological shifts. We are competent and capable in the "new world" yet are happy outside, while disconnected from our devices.
Personal claim to fame: The development of my non-profit, HumaneKind.
Inspiration in life: I admire the Dalai Lama's compassion, wisdom with forgiveness, and willingness to give of himself.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? A ukulele to play and sing with; a good book because I love inspiring literature; and a frisbee because no one is ever down throwing one around.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Ozzy Lusth (Cook Islands, Micronesia, South Pacific) because of his easy temperament, his fierce competitiveness, his resourcefulness, and knowledge of how to survive in the wild. Also, he seems idealistic and optimistic, in general.
Reason for being on Survivor: To win! To show my daughter my strengths and what it looks like to fight for something.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I have the outdoor skills and physical attributes to be an asset to those around me, and I understand and read people well enough to know where to position myself.[3]


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Voting History

Ken's Voting History
Episode Ken's
Voted Against
1 Rachel -
2 Takali Tribe Immune
3 Paul -
4 Jessica1 -
5 Takali Tribe Immune
6 Figgy Figgy, Taylor
7 Takali Tribe Immune
8 Michelle -
9 Taylor Individual Immunity
10 Chris -
11 Zeke;
12 Zeke -
13 Will -
Sunday Individual Immunity
14 Jay Jay3
Bret Individual Immunity
David Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
for Ken
Co-Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In Who's the Sucker at the Table?, David used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Jessica, negating Ken's vote against her.
^2 In Million Dollar Gamble (Part 2), David used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Ken, but did not negate any votes against him. Also, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Ken did not change his vote on the revote. Because of the Hidden Immunity Idol, Ken did not have to participate in the rock draw.
^3 In I'm Going for a Million Bucks, Ken used his Legacy Advantage akin to a Hidden Immunity Idol. This negated one vote against him.


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