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Nina Acosta
S24 Nina Acosta
Contestant Profile
Born: April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03) (age 55)
Hometown: Clovis, California
Occupation: Retired LAPD officer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
One World
Tribe(s): Salani
Finish: 17/18
Challenge Wins: 0
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 5
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Nina Acosta is a contestant from Survivor: One World.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Nina Acosta (51)
Tribe Designation: Salani
Current Residence: Clovis, Calif.
Occupation: Retired LAPD Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: Receiving a full ride basketball scholarship to Santa Clara University, finding the perfect husband and, of course, my kids.
Inspiration in Life: My mom – she was a feminist before it was acceptable. She taught me to be confident and encouraged me to pick sports over cheerleading.
Hobbies: Working out, cooking, gardening and target shooting.
Pet Peeves: I hate whining, being called a "girl" and rude drivers.
3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, competitive and confident.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Stephenie LaGrossa, because she was tough and stood up for herself, and Sue Hawk, because she spoke her mind.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to prove that a 50+ year-old woman can compete. I love challenges, both physical and mental. The money would also be a great help to my kids with college.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I thrive on being a team player; I have a never-quit attitude and I can deal with pain and discomfort.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: In 1991 and 1993 I competed for the S.W.A.T. Team. Both times the two week tryouts took place in Camp Pendleton and I was the only woman competing against 19 men. There were 40 S.W.A.T. officers judging the process. Neither the competitors nor the S.W.A.T. members wanted me there. I had to mentally, emotionally and physically challenge myself everyday.[1]

Survivor: One World

As the oldest member of the all-female Salani tribe, Acosta was not seen as a person that was wanted by the majority alliance, created by Alicia Rosa, Kim Spradlin, Kat Edorsson, Chelsea Meissner, and Sabrina Thompson.

She bruised her face severely after the first Immunity Challenge, where the tribes had to jump off a high structure and land on a rope net. They lost this challenge due to the injury of Kourtney Moon, who broke her wrist, and because of this, the Salani tribe was sent to Tribal Council, but were not required to vote anyone when Kourtney's injury required longer medical attention.

At the second Immunity Challenge, Salani miserably lost in large part to Kat's unnecessary jumping off the balance beam, much to Nina's chagrin. Nina was displeased by Kat's dismal performance and apparent immaturity, and called their tribe "witless." At Tribal Council, Nina told the tribe she was physically apt for the challenges, and called Kat out for her lack of life experiences. Despite her attempt to sway the vote against Kat, Nina became the second Salani member to leave the game after a 6-1-1 vote.

Voting History

Nina's Voting History
Episode Nina's
Votes
Voted Against
Nina
1 No Vote
2 Kat Alicia, Chelsea, Christina,
Kat, Kim, Sabrina
Voted Off, Day 5

Post-Survivor

  • Nina appeared on The Ricki Lake Show on October 3, 2012; the show was dedicated to the topic of women working in male-dominated jobs.

Trivia

  • Nina was the oldest female castaway of Survivor: One World, and second oldest overall behind Tarzan Smith.
  • Nina is the second castaway to be the first voted out while not being the first to be eliminated from the game (following Jolanda Jones from Survivor: Palau), due to Kourtney Moon's medical evacuation.
    • Coincidentally, both women were on a blue tribe of nine, and were the oldest members of the tribe.
  • Nina is the only castaway to be voted out of the Salani tribe.
  • Nina was the first player to be voted out on Day 5.
  • Nina is the first, and so far only player to be the first person voted out of a season and not be voted out in the first episode.

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