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Tina Wesson

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Contestant Profile
Born: December 26, 1960 (1960-12-26) (age 56)
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee;
Robbinsville, North Carolina
Occupation: Personal Nurse; Motivational Speaker
Survivor Career
Version: United States
The Australian Outback
Tribe(s): Ogakor
Barramundi
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Ogakor Alliance
Challenge Wins: 5
Votes Against: 0
Days Lasted: 42
All-Stars
Tribe(s): Saboga
Finish: 18/18
Challenge Wins: 0
Votes Against: 4
Days Lasted: 3
Blood vs. Water
Tribe(s): Galang
Kasama
Finish: 4/20
Alliance(s): Galang Alliance
Challenge Wins: 9
Votes Against: 10
Days Lasted: 38
Gallery

Tina Marie Wesson is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: The Australian Outback. She later competed on Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

In the Australian Outback, She is remembered most for being the motherly figure at camp, her under the radar gameplay, convincing Colby Donaldson to take her to the Final Two, winning the title of sole Survivor in a close 4-3 jury vote, and becoming the first female Sole Survivor.

Her time in All Stars was cut short as she was a target for being a previous winner. When her tribe lost the season's First Immunity Challenge, she was voted out at the season's first Tribal Council for being a previous winner and the weakest link. She placed 18th

She returned in Blood Vs Water with her daughter Katie Collins. Despite being voted out at the final 9, she managed to get back in the game by winning the Redemption Island Duels. However, when she failed to win the Final Immunity Challenge, she was voted out just one day before the Final Tribal Council.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Tina Wesson currently works as a private duty C.N.A. nurse while also working as a full-time mom. Formerly, she worked as a community education director, flight attendant, substitute teacher and a swimming instructor. Wesson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee in 1983.

An avid athlete, she is most proud of having completed the Dublin, Ireland Marathon, placed first in the Tennessee State Racquetball Tournament and placed first in her age division in her hometown mini-triathlon, all in the same year (1998). Her quest in life continues to be to "live the life less ordinary."

Wesson describes herself as happy, content, adventurous, outgoing, and very much in love. Her favorite hobbies are racquetball, paddleball , running, swimming, and motorcycling. Her favorite television show is Rosie, while her favorite feature films are Out of Africa and Shadowlands. She prefers classic, contemporary Christian, and pop rock music, citing Match Box 20 as her favorite band.

While rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, she's always game for a round of Balderdash. Her perfect day consists of eating a good breakfast followed by a ride on her motorcycle to the mountains with her husband and her best friend. After a hike, she'd play racquetball, take a shower, have dinner, see a movie while eating a big bag of popcorn and then head home to bed. She's an early riser.

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Wesson currently resides there with her husband, Dale, and her two children, Katie and Taylor. She is a member of the Outstanding Young Women of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her birth date is December 26.[1]

Since being declared Sole Survivor of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK, Tina Wesson has been working as a motivational speaker, which has enabled her to travel around the country encouraging people to do whatever it takes in order to live a fulfilling life. She takes her motto, "It is a mistake to not live all you can!," very seriously. She previously worked as a private duty nurse, a community education director, flight attendant, substitute teacher and a swimming instructor. Tina obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee in 1983. An avid athlete, she is most proud of having completed the Dublin, Ireland Marathon, as well as placing first in the Tennessee State Racquetball Tournament and in her age division in her hometown mini-triathlon, all in the same year (1998).

Tina describes herself as happy, content, adventurous, outgoing and very much in love. Her favorite hobbies are racquetball, paddleball, running, swimming and motorcycling. Her favorite television show is SURVIVOR, while her favorite feature films are "Out of Africa" and "Shadowlands." She prefers contemporary Christian and pop rock music, citing Matchbox 20 and John Mayer as her favorite artists. While rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Tennessee Titans, she's always game for a round of backgammon. Her perfect day consists of eating a good breakfast followed by a ride on her motorcycle to the mountains with her husband and her best friend. After a hike, she'd play racquetball, take a shower, have dinner, see a movie while eating a big bag of popcorn and then head home to bed. She's an early riser. 

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tina currently lives there with her husband, Dale, and her two children, Katie, 16 and Taylor, 15. She is a member of the Outstanding Young Women of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her birth date is December 26, 1961.[2]

Name (Age): Tina Wesson (52)
Tribe Designation: Galang
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Katie's Mother
Previous Season: Survivor: Australia – winner; Survivor: All-Stars – 1st out
Current Residence: Robbinsville, N.C.
Occupation: Motivational Speaker
Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? Survivor gets in your blood. It is a thrill and an honor and a quest to get to play! Then to be able to share the experience with my daughter who happens to also be my best friend, what a gift![3]

Survivor

The Australian Outback

As part of the Ogakor tribe, Wesson was not targeted in the beginning of the game, seeming to mesh well with all the contestants and was not seen as a physical liability, despite losing the Day 6 Immunity Challenge for Ogakor.

Wesson proved to be a strategic player when she managed to convince allies Keith Famie and Colby Donaldson to force a tie between Mitchell Olson (who was aligned with Amber Brkich and Jerri Manthey) and Keith, whereby Mitchell would be voted off due to his previous vote at the Day 12 Tribal Council. She eventually made it to the merge, where her strategic prowess was believed to be the reason of the ex-Ogakors subsequent success over the ex-Kuchas by systematically eliminating them, while having a perfect timing to eliminate two of their own at the same time, in that case, Jerri and Amber.

After Amber's departure, Tina, Colby, and Kieth took control and eliminated the remaining two Kuchas, Rodger Bingham and then Elisabeth Filarski, at the next two Tribal Councils. After the Final 3 Immunity Challenge, Colby continued his winning streak and chose to eliminate the unpopular Keith instead of Tina, a move that would ultimately cost him the win.

At Final Tribal Council, Tina became the Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote, in which she gained the votes of Keith, Elisabeth, Jerri, and Alicia Calaway.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Voted Against
Tina
1 Ogakor Tribe Immune
2 Kel -
3 Maralyn -
4 Mitchell;
Mitchell
1
-
5 Ogakor Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Jeff;
Jeff
2
-
8 Alicia -
10 Jerri -
11 Nick -
12 Amber -
13 Rodger -
14 Elisabeth -
15 Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Tina
Alicia, Elisabeth,
Jerri, Keith
Sole Survivor, Day 42

^1 In The Killing Fields, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Keith and Mitchell, forcing a revote. Tina did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In The Merge, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Colby and Jeff, forcing a revote. Tina did not change her vote on the revote.

All-Stars

It's our game now, get off our playing field!

–Jenna Lewis, in reference to the returning winners, including Tina


As part of the Saboga tribe who lost immunity in the first episode, Tina, a previous winner, was immediately targeted. She was chosen to be eliminated over Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn, as he was needed for strength in challenges. Tribemate Jenna Lewis, who showed disdain for the possibility of a former winner winning again, and Jerri Manthey, who had conflicts with Wesson in their first season orchestrated Tina's elimination. With the very first votes against her, Tina was the first voted out of Survivor: All-Stars, by a 4-2 vote.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Votes Against
Tina
1 Jenna L. Jenna L., Jerri,
Rudy, Rupert
Voted Off, Day 3

Blood vs. Water

Tina was on the Galang tribe. At the First Impressions, she joined the majority in sending Candice Cody to Redemption Island. However, her tribemate Rupert Boneham decided to go to Redemption Island in place of his wife Laura Boneham, so Laura joined Galang in his place. Galang dominated in immunity challenges. On day 5, she became part of the Galang Alliance led by Aras Baskauskas. When Galang finally lost immunity, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Laura Morett.

She, along with Monica Culpepper, Kat Edorsson and Laura B. remained on Galang after the Tribe Switch. They were joined by Tadhana members Katie Collins (Tina's daughter) and Vytas Baskauskas. When Tadhana lost immunity, it appeared that Vytas who was the only male member on Tadhana would be the target. However, after Kat said she wanted Monica out, Tina questioned her loyalty and told Monica. At Tribal Council, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Kat. When Tadhana lost immunity again, it appeared Vytas would be the target. However, Laura's decision to tell Vytas he was the target made Tina and the other women wary of her. Consequentially, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Laura.

Tina managed to make the merge. After the immunity challenge, Aras suggested that they split their votes between Laura and Ciera Eastin. Vytas, Tina and Katie were on board. However, Tyson Apostol rallied the others against Aras. Tina voted for Ciera at Tribal Council, but Aras was blindsided. Upon returning to camp after the vote, Tina called out Monica and Tyson for the blindside, but several of the tribe members defended themselves by telling Tina that Aras had several alliances. At the next Tribal Council, Tina joined the majority in voting out Vytas. Tina was voted out in a 7-1-1 vote at the final 9, and was sent to Redemption Island.

On Redemption Island, Tina managed to win or come in second in all the Duels. After winning the Final Duel, she returned to the game. Tyson won immunity at the final 5. At camp, Tina and Ciera tried to convince Monica to side with them. Tina and Ciera voted for Gervase Peterson, but Monica stayed loyal to Tyson and Gervase and Tyson played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, so Ciera was voted out, thus leaving Tina on the outs. Tyson won the Final Immunity Challenge. Tina tried to convince Monica that she should make a big move and vote for Gervase, forcing a fire making tiebreaker, but Monica decided to stick to her original alliance and Tina became the last member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tina asked the finalists to pick one word to describe themselves. Tina was one of the seven jurors who voted for Tyson to win.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Voted Against
Tina
1 Candice -
Galang Tribe Immune
2 Galang Tribe Immune
3 Galang Tribe Immune
4 Galang Tribe Immune
5 Laura M. -
6 Kat -
7 Laura B. -
8 Ciera -
9 Vytas -
Tyson Caleb, Ciera, Hayden,
Gervase, Laura M., Monica, Tyson
Voted Off, Day 24
10 On Redemption Island
11
12
13
14
Returned, Day 36
14 Gervase1 -
Gervase Gervase, Monica, Tyson
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Tyson

^1 In It's My Night, Tyson used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, negating Tina's vote against him.

Post-Survivor

Trivia

Statistics of Tina Wesson
Longevity
Seasons competed: 3
Days lasted: 83
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 8
Individual wins: 6
Total wins: 14
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 14
Exile Island
Times exiled: N/A
Redemption Island
Duels won: 5
Days spent on Redemption Island: 12

References

Preceded by
Borneo
S1 richard t
Richard Hatch
Sole Survivor Titleholder
The Australian Outback
S2 tina t
Tina Wesson
Succeeded by
Africa
S3 ethan t
Ethan Zohn