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Sandra Diaz-Twine

S20 Sandra Diaz-Twine

S7 Sandra Diaz-Twine

Contestant Profile
Birth Date July 30, 1974 (1974-07-30) (age 39)
Hometown Stamford, Connecticut
Occupation Office assistant

Pearl Islands

Tribe(s) ██ Drake
██ Balboa
Placement Winner
Alliance(s) Drake Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 7
Vote(s) Against 0
Day(s) Lasted 39

Heroes vs Villains

Tribe(s) ██ Villains
██ Yin Yang
Placement Winner
Alliance(s) Rob's Villains Alliance
Russell's Villains Alliance (affiliated)
Challenge(s) Won 8
Vote(s) Against 3
Day(s) Lasted 39

Sandra Diaz-Twine is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs Villains.

Regarded as one of the game's sassiest and best players, she holds the distinction as Survivor's first and only two-time winner. She became renowned for her "as long as it ain't me" strategy where she constantly deflects the vote away from her, working with friends as well as enemies to keep herself in the game. Her adaptability throughout the game, social prowess, and strength in Tribal Council enabled her to make it to the end and win twice.


Pearl IslandsEdit

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Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Sandra Diaz-Twine currently lives in Ft. Lewis, Washington with her husband, Marcus, and their two children, Tatiana, 8, and Alanna, 6. She is employed as a senior office associate with the Army and Air force Exchange Service. Prior to her current employment, she served as a chemical repair specialist with the United States Army. She also previously worked in the mailroom of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and in customer service at a clothing store. Her favorite hobbies are fishing and camping. She describes herself as adventurous, dedicated and a team player. She is most proud of having graduated from community college where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina. Her favorite sport is volleyball. Her mother is her hero because she has always been committed to and made sacrifices for her children. She thinks her mother is the bravest, kindest, most loving person and an inspiration. She believes she's a contender for SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because of her ability to improvise and feels her small knowledge of hunting will be an asset to the tribe. She also thinks she's a good provider and possesses good field skills. Her birth date is July 30, 1974.

Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Sandra Diaz-Twine (34)
Tribe: Villains, Yin Yang
Hometown: Stamford, Conn.
Current Residence: Fayetteville, N.C.
Personal Claim To Fame: “Graduating from community college where I received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.”
Inspiration in Life: “My mother.”
Previous Finishes: Pearl Islands: Winner
Favorite Past Moment: “When I dumped the fish after Rupert got voted out.”
Previous Survivor She Respects Most: “I have no comment.”
Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearls Islands, Micronesia)
Why Did She Come Back?: “Hands down, the money!”

Survivor: Pearl IslandsEdit

Sandra started out on the Drake tribe. Early on, she proved herself an asset when her knowledge of the Spanish language helped her tribe get a huge advantage at the Panamanian village, where she helped secure a huge deal for her tribe in provisions and food. Although she was not a force in challenges, The Drake tribe dominated challenges early on. During this time, Sandra grew very annoyed with Jon Dalton(who called himself "Jonny Fairplay"). This conflict came to a head when he wanted her to sit out for being a weak swimmer. She countered by stating that she was on the shore well before him. Sandra was also the first person to loot opposing tribe, taking the Morgan tribe's tarp. Eventually after finding the buried treasure, Burton Roberts proposed to throw a challenge to eliminate one of the weaker members. Despite doubts with the plan, the tribe went through with it. A twist was reveal that the winning tribe would Kidnap one of the losing tribe's member. Morgan chose Rupert Boneham abstaining from the vote. The Tribe voted out Burton for his failed plan. Unfortunately, Drake lost all remaining immunity challenges. Sandra's social status kept her safe as the tribe voted out Michelle Tesauro for she was blamed for an immunity challenge loss. When Sandra learned that Trish Dunn was attempting to blindside Rupert, Sandra redirected the vote toward Trish.

At the next challenges, everyone was shock when The Outcasts, the game's first six evictees returned for one final shot. The Outcasts won, sending both tribes to tribal council, where Sandra joined in voting out the increasingly volatile Shawn Cohen.

Ultimately, Burton returned to Drake and Lillian Morris returned to Morgan. The Drake tribe made ammends with Burton. Because of this, Burton convinced the alienated Lill to aligned with the Drake tribe and vote out Andrew Savage, the former Morgan tribe leader and perceived biggest physical threat. Ryan Opray was quickly eliminated afterwards. At the final eight, thinking that Darrah Johnson would be voted off, Sandra cast her vote for Jon. She was shocked when Rupert was voted off instead. Upon reaching the camp, Sandra stole the fish Rupert had caught earlier but accidentally spilled the very heavy bucket. Sandra was able to deflect suspicion of her, But her closest friend and ally Christa Hastie was blamed. Knowing that Christa would tell everyone, Sandra kept the fact that she was the real culprit to herself. At the love ones challenge, Sandra was the only one to know that Jon was lying about his grandma's death. Unfortunately, Sandra's hubsand, Marcus was the first person out because of that. Sandra tried to convince Tijuana Bradley to betray Burton and Jon. However, the men regained the trust of the Drake women and voted out Tijuana. Unfortunately, the men flipped on Sandra, and Christa was ousted.

At the final five, while on reward, Sandra formed and alliance with Darrah and Lillian. Neither Jon or Burton suspected a women's alliance, with Jon making Sandra swear on her kids her loyalty. She secretly said that she will screw him and Burton. When Darrah won her third straight immunity, The women turned to challenge threat Burton, over the antagonistic Jon. At the final four, Jon turned Lill and Darrah against each other. At the immunity challenge, all four castaways was vulnerable due to a twist that let the Jury compete which they won. Sandra and Jon turned on Darrah for her challenge streak. At the final immunity challenge, Sandra was the first out and Lillian ultimately won immunity. Sandra stated that she would be shocked if Lillian took her to final tribal council over Jon. However, Lillian was impressed by Sandra's willingly to provide for her family, and deemed her more deserving and chose her.

At Final Tribal Council, some jurors addressed her gameplay. Sandra answered the juror questions effectively and she noted that she was loyal to her alliances and worked hard. In the end, Sandra easily bested Lillian in a 6-1 vote, only losing Tijuana's vote.

Voting HistoryEdit

Sandra's Voting History
Episode Sandra's
Voted Against
1 Drake Tribe Immune
2 Drake Tribe Immune
3 Drake Tribe Immune
4 Burton -
5 Michelle -
6 Trish -
7 Shawn -
8 Andrew -
9 Ryan O. -
10 Jon -
11 Tijuana -
12 Lillian -
13 Burton -
14 Darrah -
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Sandra
Burton, Christa, Darrah,
Jon, Rupert, Ryan O.
Sole Survivor, Day 39

Survivor: Heroes vs. VillainsEdit

Statistics of Sandra Diaz-Twine
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 78
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 15
Individual wins 0
Total 15
Tribal Council
Total votes received 3
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Voting HistoryEdit

Sandra's Voting History
Episode Sandra's
Voted Against
1 Villains Tribe Immune
2 Villains Tribe Immune
3 Randy -
4 Villains Tribe Immune
5 Villains Tribe Immune
6 Russell -
7 Russell -
8 Coach -
9 Courtney -
10 J.T. -
11 Amanda -
12 Candice -
Rupert -
13 Rupert Colby, Rupert
14 Colby Colby
Jerri -
Jury Votes
for Sandra
Amanda, Candice, Colby,
Courtney, J.T., Rupert
Sole Survivor, Day 39


  • After Survivor: Pearl Islands, Sandra appeared on The Early Show and talked about Survivor: All Stars. She actually predicted that Rob and Amber would go far in the game while Brian Heidik, who was also a guest, said they wouldn't. 
  • For winning two times, Sandra was inducted into the Survivor Hall of Fame along with Russell Hantz, Richard Hatch, Rob Mariano, and Parvati Shallow.


  • Sandra is the only person to win the game twice.
    • Sandra is also one of five contestants to finish in the same position twice. The others are: James Clement, Candice WoodcockJonathan Penner, and Erik Reichenbach.
      • Sandra and Erik are the only two contestants to finish in the same position and play the same number of days in two different seasons.
        • They are also the only two who have not competed three times. They have both competed twice.
    • Sandra and Parvati Shallow are the only previous Sole Survivors to vie for the Jury votes a second time.
      • They were on the same same season finale when they vied for a second time.
    • Sandra is one of five contestants to reach two Survivor finals. The others are Amanda Kimmel, Russell Hantz, Parvati Shallow, and Rob Mariano.
    • Sandra won the game in both a Final Two and a Final Three season.
    • She is the only person to beat a former winner in the Final Tribal Council. 
    • She is one of the only four people to play multiple times without ever being voted out along with Jenna Morasca (won, then quit), Michael Skupin (medical evacuation, then finalist) and Colton Cumbie. 
    • She is the only returning player to never be eliminated.
    • She has received the highest number of jury votes out of anyone, with 12 (6 in Pearl Islands, 6 in Heroes vs Villains)
      • Rob Mariano has the second highest number of jury votes, he's just short with 11 (3 in All-Stars, and 8 in Redemption Island)
  • In the two seasons Sandra competed in, her original alliance was eliminated, and she was able to infiltrate the opposing alliance to make it to the Final Tribal Council and win.
  • Colby Donaldson is the only player to vote against Sandra and have his vote count.
  • Jeff Probst refers to her as "the lippiest mother we've ever had on the show."
  • Sandra is one of two Villains in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains to never receive a vote pre-Merge, the other being Danielle DiLorenzo. Danielle was the first Villain out post-Merge and Sandra was the eventual Sole Survivor.
  • Sandra stated in Loose Lips Sink Ships that she wanted to save Rupert Boneham by giving him her Hidden Immunity Idol, but said that she didn't want to "pull an Erik and get herself eliminated".
  • Sandra is one of six Sole Survivors (along with Ethan Zohn, Rob Mariano, Jenna Morasca, Tom Westman, and Richard Hatch) that have been returning players and not be a member of the Jury in any season.
  • She is the fourth winner to not get any votes against her over the course of a season (in Survivor: Pearl Islands).
  • Both merged tribes Sandra was on had black as their color.
  • All of the Heroes on the Jury voted for Sandra.
  • Sandra is the first and currently only Hispanic-American contestant to win Survivor.
  • Sandra was inducted into Xfinity's Survivor Hall of Fame in 2010.
  • She lovingly refers to host Jeff Probst as Jeffy-poo in interviews.
  • Sandra's win on Pearl Islands broke the Sole Survivor male-female pattern of the first six seasons.
  • Sandra was asked to come back for Survivor: All-Stars but declined because she was recovering from parasites from Pearl Islands. Sandra would later return for Heroes vs. Villains where she would become the first two-time Sole Survivor .
  • Among all females to win Survivor, Sandra is the closest to playing a "perfect" game. She did not receive a single vote against her, and at the Final Tribal Council she received the votes of all the Jury members except for Tijuana Bradley, who voted for Lillian Morris.
  • Sandra was the only person who was not eliminated in Pearl Islands, because the runner-up, Lillian, had returned to the game after being voted out due to the Outcast Twist.
    • She's one of the two contestants from that season to not be voted out. The other contestant, Osten, quit the game.
  • Sandra's experience in Heroes vs. Villains somewhat resembled her time on Pearl Islands:
    • Her tribes started out strong in the beginning, but later faulted by losing the last three Immunity Challenges.
    • She never received any votes prior to the final six
    • She never won a single individual challenge.
    • She won the title of Sole Survivor by receiving six Jury votes, one of which was from Rupert Boneham.
  • Sandra is the only returning player to have never left the game before Day 39.
  • Sandra was the only person from the Villains tribe to reach the merge and not win Individual Immunity.
  • She lasted the most days out of any two-time player, with 78 days. 
  • Sandra is the first and only female winner to play a Hidden Immunity Idol in the season that she won.
  • Sandra is one of six Sole Survivors (along with Tina WessonTodd HerzogYul KwonEarl Cole and Natalie White) to win Survivor without winning Individual Immunity.
  • Sandra is the first winner to never win an individual challenge.
  • In Sandra's voting confessionals in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, she always ended her confessional by saying "Adios."
  • Both times Sandra played she aligned herself with blonde females whose names start with "C"; Christa Hastie and Courtney Yates , and dark haired males whose names start with "R"; Rupert Boneham and Rob Mariano.
  • Sandra is the only returning player from Survivor: Pearl Islands who was never the first contestant eliminated from a season.
  • Sandra is one of three returning players who has been the highest ranking member of their original tribe twice. Stephenie LaGrossa and Ozzy Lusth also share this distinction.
    • She is the only one of the three to win Survivor. Also, the two tribes she was the highest member of was different colors unlike Stephenie(Blue) and Ozzy(Red).
  • Both times Sandra went to the final tribal, she received 6 votes to win.


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Sole Survivor Titleholder
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Succeeded by
Amber Brkich
Preceded by
Natalie White
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Succeeded by
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