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Sierra Dawn Thomas

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Contestant Profile
Born: December 18, 1986 (1986-12-18) (age 31)
Hometown: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Worlds Apart
Tribe(s): Escameca
Merica
Finish: 5/18
Alliance(s): Escameca Alliance
Challenge Wins: 7
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 37
Game Changers
Tribe(s): Nuku
► Mana
Maku Maku
Finish: 9/20
Alliance(s): Power Six
Challenge Wins: 8
Votes Against: 15
Days Lasted: 32
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Sierra Dawn Thomas is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Game Changers.

On her debut in Worlds Apart, Sierra played a generally safe game, preferring to stick with her Escameca Alliance rather than flip to take out larger threats. Eventually, her pleasantness made her too much of a threat to take to the end, and she was blindsided and eliminated in 5th place.

In Game Changers, Sierra played a more strategically dominant role in the early game, and after the merge, she helped dictate the elimination of Hali Ford and the pivotal blindside of Ozzy Lusth. However, Sarah Lacina's defection to the opposing Tavua Alliance put her in the minority. Despite this, she remained close with Sarah, eventually revealing to Sarah her possession of the Legacy Advantage, as well as her intention to will the advantage to Sarah in the event of her own elimination. This revelation induced Sarah to target her at the next vote, resulting in her elimination and Sarah's capture of the Legacy Advantage, which would prove decisive in Sarah's eventual victory in the season.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Sierra Dawn Thomas (27)
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar
Current Residence: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer
Personal Claim to Fame: I was the National Champion Barrel Racer and All Around Cowgirl in High School Rodeo and also a National Champion in College rodeo rankings.
Inspiration in Life: I can't just pick one. But, my mom and dad are my heroes because they have been through so much and through it all they stay positive. They are my main support system and I wouldn't have accomplished what I have if it wasn't for them.
Hobbies: Rodeo, basketball, football, hunting and fishing.
What is your favorite sport? Rodeo, basketball and long distance running.
Pet Peeves: Being late because it's so disrespectful, when people loudly chew their food and underachievers (at least give it an honest try).
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, athletic and outgoing.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A radio because music makes my soul happy. 2. A notepad and pen because I love writing down my thoughts and goals. 3. Chocolate milk because I literally can drink a gallon in two days.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow, hands down, because she's not overly aggressive and uses her female traits to her advantage, she's a very intelligent woman.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I truly believe there is little I cannot do. My physical, mental and emotional capabilities are of a man's level.
Why You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I'm not afraid to set impossible goals and strive to achieve them. I'm extremely athletic and push my body to its utmost limit.

Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: I am a 6'1" model and most people just see me as a pretty face, but I'm a cowgirl and rancher who doesn't mind doing a man's job. I am also an extreme athlete. I played basketball, volleyball and ran track and cross-country in high school (got offered a full ride scholarship for college basketball but decided to take the rodeo scholarship). I am a college student who's going to school for a master's in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections. I believe in strategizing and I am not afraid to push myself mentally and physically.[1]

Age: 29

Hometown: Roy, UT
Previously played on: Season 30: White, Blue, No Collar, Finished 5th & Jury Member
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm physically stronger, more aware, and better at reading people. Also, emotionally, I am less sensitive.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I can do anything outdoorsy! I'm physically strong, loyal, easy to talk to, and people trust me. I am in better physical shape than I have ever been. I practice puzzles every day. I'm mentally and physically ready.
What are you most proud of from the last time? My loyalty. I set aside pride and played the game. I am proud of my physical strength. I was a strong competitor in every challenge.
What, if anything, do you most regret? I regret not making a big move and to win, you have to. This time I am willing and ready to do whatever it takes.

How will you play differently this time? Last time, I focused too much on my social game. I know it's important, but I need to use the friendships I make to an advantage. I want to make big moves, blindsides, and do things that make me worthy to win. I am a physically strong competitor. I am bound and determined to win the Immunity Necklace numerous times![2]

Survivor

Worlds Apart

Sierra arrived to Survivor: Worlds Apart and was placed on the hardworking "Blue Collar" Escameca tribe. In the early days, she was criticized by her tribemates for her lack of work ethic around camp, and quickly found herself near the bottom of the tribal hierarchy. However, she formed a bond with Lindsey Cascaddan. Escameca won the first three Immunity Challenges, but finally lost immunity on Day 11. Sierra and Lindsey then attempted to target Rodney Lavoie Jr. for his sexist comments about women. At Tribal Council, the votes were split between her, Lindsey, and Rodney, with Lindsey being eliminated in the revote. Back at camp, Sierra was upset because she was all alone and vowed revenge on her tribe.

The following day, a tribe switch occurred and Sierra found herself on what was still a predominantly Blue Collar tribe with 4 of the 5 remaining original Escameca members within a new 7-member Escameca tribe. Due to her rocky relationships with both Rodney and Dan Foley, she was at first a target for elimination should the tribe go to Tribal Council. However, the tribe reverted its target to Joe Anglim instead as Rodney, Joaquin Souberbielle, and Tyler Fredrickson viewed him as too large of a physical threat. Mike Holloway and Rodney threw the Day 16 Immunity Challenge in an attempt to get rid of Joe and keep Kelly Remington, the only original Escameca member switched to the Nagarote tribe, safe. Dan and Mike, however, decided to keep Joe and split up the close bond forming between Joaquin and Rodney, leaving Sierra as the swing vote. Ultimately she voted against Joaquin, blindsiding him in a 4-3 vote.

On Day 17, the tribes merged into the Merica tribe and she joined the Escameca Alliance consisting of original Blue Collars and White Collars. The alliance targeted Joe, but he won immunity so the target was switched to Jenn Brown. At Tribal Council, Jenn played her Hidden Immunity Idol negating the seven votes cast against her and blindsiding Kelly in a 4-1-0 vote. Joe won immunity again on Day 22, and the alliance targeted Hali Ford. However, Sierra considered joining an all-female alliance with the girls from the Nagarote Alliance to vote out Dan. At Tribal Council though, she remained loyal to her Escameca Alliance and Hali was blindsided in a 7-4 vote. After the Survivor Auction on Day 25, Mike blew up Rodney's inner alliance of himself, Tyler, Carolyn Rivera, and Will Sims II to the whole tribe. However, this and Mike's earlier actions at the Survivor Auction made Sierra and the others turn on him. However, after Mike won immunity on Day 27, the alliance eliminated Jenn at Tribal Council.

Mike won immunity again on Day 29 and Shirin Oskooi became the target. After the challenge, Shirin told Sierra to get rid of Tyler because he was a challenge threat. Sierra wanted to get rid of Tyler but was not sure if her alliance would do so and at Tribal Council, Shirin was voted out. On Day 30, the team of Sierra, Carolyn, and Mike won reward. However, they did not give it up to Rodney, which infuriated him because it was his birthday. After Carolyn won immunity on Day 32, the majority alliance of six was forced to turn on each other due to Mike having a Hidden Immunity Idol. Carolyn proposed to Sierra, Dan, and Rodney that they split their votes between Mike and Tyler. At Tribal Council, Mike played his idol negating the four votes cast against him; Carolyn, Sierra, and Mike voted for Tyler and Tyler was sent to the jury.

After Mike won immunity on Day 35, Dan told Sierra to vote for Carolyn, though she considered voting for Dan because of his Extra Vote advantage. Mike later told Carolyn and Sierra that Dan, Rodney, and Will were voting for Carolyn. At Tribal Council, Sierra joined Dan, Rodney, and Will in voting for Carolyn. Dan used his Extra Vote advantage and cast a second vote for Carolyn. However, Carolyn played her Hidden Immunity Idol, negating the five votes against her and blindsiding Dan in a 2-0 vote. On Day 36, the final five got to meet their loved ones; Sierra met her dad, Danny. Mike won immunity on Day 37, forcing the majority alliance of four to turn on each other. Sierra made a final three deal with Carolyn and Mike and target Rodney that night. However, at Tribal Council, she openly stated she was a threat, so she was blindsided in a 4-1 vote.

At the Final Tribal Council, she asked Will which of the other finalists' traits he wanted. In the end, she was the only juror to vote for Carolyn, who lost to Mike in a 6-1-1 vote.

Voting History

Sierra's Voting History
Episode Sierra's
Votes
Voted Against
Sierra
1 Escameca Tribe Immune
2 Escameca Tribe Immune
3 Escameca Tribe Immune
4 Rodney;
Ineligible
Kelly, Rodney;
-
1
5 Escameca Tribe Immune
6 Joaquin -
7 Jenn2 -
8 Hali -
9 Joe -
10 Shirin -
11 Shirin -
12 Tyler -
13 Carolyn3 -
14 Rodney Carolyn, Mike,
Rodney, Will
Voted Off, Day 37
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Carolyn


^1 In Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner, the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Sierra, Lindsey, and Rodney, forcing a revote. On the revote, Sierra did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^2 In The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight, Jenn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sierra's vote against her.
^3 In My Word Is My Bond, Carolyn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sierra's vote against her.

Game Changers

Sierra returned on Survivor: Game Changers and was placed on the Nuku tribe. During the opening scramble at the marooning on Day 1, Sierra found the Legacy Advantage hidden on the boat. She aligned with Brad Culpepper and found out that the legacy advantage gives her immunity at the final 13 or final 6. Nuku won the first two Immunity Challenges. She along with fellow Nuku's Brad, Tai Trang, and Debbie Wanner were switched to Mana. They were joined by original Mana members Caleb Reynolds and her fellow Worlds Apart castmate Hali Ford. Mana lost immunity. At camp, Sierra, Brad, Debbie, and Hali agreed to vote out Caleb. Caleb was voted out at Tribal Council.

Tavua won immunity on Day 11. However, the losing tribes (Nuku and Mana) had to go to a Joint Tribal Council, and vote out one member. Sierra suggested voting out Malcolm Freberg for his strength in challenges. At Tribal Council, Brad Convinced Tai to play his Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra after being told by Nuku member JT Thomas she was the target. The six votes cast against her were negated, and Malcolm was blindsided. She, along with Brad and Hali, remained on Mana after the second tribe switch.

At the merge, Sierra wanted Michaela Bradshaw out because she did not like her. She later thought about splitting the vote between Hali and Michaela because she believed Hali had an idol. However, Hali was blindsided. After being notified by Zeke Smith that she was the target, and he wanted to work with her, she talked to Cirie about this. She was later persuaded by Debbie to blindside Ozzy Lusth. Ozzy was blindsided at the next Tribal Council. On Day 26, she told Sarah Lacina whom she believed was on her side she wanted to make a final three deal with her and Debbie. However, Sarah flipped on Sierra's alliance, blindsiding Debbie, and leaving Sierra and her remaining allies on the bottom.

At the next Tribal Council, Sierra voted for Tai, received two votes, but Zeke was blindsided. The next day, she told Sarah about her legacy advantage, and that she would give it to her if she was voted out, and she met her dad Dan. While Brad, Sarah, Andrea Boehlke, Aubry Bracco, and Cirie Fields were on the loved ones trip, Michaela and Tai plotted with Sierra and Troyzan Robertson to align with Brad and target Andrea. Brad won immunity. At camp, Sierra and her alliance planned to convince Tai and Michaela to blindside Andrea. However, Sarah told Michaela and Tai about Sierra's legacy advantage, and this prompted them not to side with Sierra. At Tribal Council, Sierra, Brad, and Troyzan voted for Andrea, but the rest voted for Sierra, and thus voting her out. Not knowing Sarah was the reason she was out, she gave her the Legacy Advantage.

At the Final Tribal Council, she gave her vote to her ally Brad, who lost to Sarah in a 7-3-0 vote.

Voting History

Sierra's Voting History
Episode Sierra's
Votes
Voted Against
Sierra
1 Nuku Tribe Immune
Nuku Tribe Immune
2 Caleb -
3

Malcolm

Aubry, Jeff, J.T.,
Malcolm, Michaela, Sandra
1

4 Mana Tribe Immune
5 Mana Tribe Immune
6 Mana Tribe Immune
7 Hali -
Ozzy Cirie
8 Andrea -
9 Tai Tai, Zeke
10 Andrea Andrea, Aubry, Cirie,
Michaela, Sarah, Tai
Voted Off, Day 32
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Brad


^1 In The Tables Have Turned, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating 6 votes against her.

Post-Survivor

  • Sierra attended the Survivor primetime edition of The Price Is Right that aired on May 23, 2016. While she did not compete herself, Sierra, along with Ozzy Lusth, help present and model the prizes in the first Showcase.
  • Sierra is currently dating fellow Worlds Apart cast member Joe Anglim.

Trivia

Statistics of Sierra Dawn Thomas
Longevity
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 69
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 12
Individual wins: 3
Total wins: 15
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 21
Exile Island
Times exiled: 0
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A
  • At 6'1", Sierra is the second tallest female contestant on Survivor, behind only Crystal Cox.
  • Sierra is the only female member of the post-switch Escameca tribe.
  • Sierra was the only member of Escameca to participate in all of the challenges before the merge.
  • Sierra is the only original member of Escameca to return for a future season.
  • Sierra is the only female member of Escameca to reach the jury stage of the game.
  • Sierra is the only person to be voted out of Worlds Apart unanimously.
  • Sierra lost 21 lbs. during her time on Worlds Apart.[3]
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra started on a blue tribe.
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra cast her jury vote for a finalist who would not win that respective season.
  • In Game Changers, Sierra was an alternate for Natalie Anderson.[4]
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra was voted out in the episode that featured the Loved Ones Challenge.
  • Sierra lost 20 lbs. during her time on Game Changers.[5]

References