Although democratic voting determines extinction, there is something like a survival king. And Sandra Diaz-Twine is the queen. So far, Sandra is the only person to have won the sole survivor title twice, beating some of the game’s biggest stars. She’s never afraid to use words and create rivalries with some of the most notorious villains Reality TV has ever seen. Despite her outspoken personality, Sandra benefits from sinking below everyone’s expectations, willing to tell a lie, or make a deal when she isn’t.
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Current Location: Riverview, FL
Winning seasons: Pearl Islands (Season 7), Heroes vs. Villains (season 20)
Other appearances: Game Changers (15th place), Island of Idols (mentor)
Main Quote: “The reason why I was able to get where I am now is because other people had different goals. They had other fish to roast. Nobody worried about Sandra because Sandra was weak. I was also the person I was with when someone needed that extra voice. As long as I wasn’t, I was ready to give up everyone. I was always there to take advantage of the situation and steer the vote in a different direction than mine. “
Greatest strength: Opportunistic. Sandra can use any word or action as ammunition to advance in the game. After her close ally Rupert was voted out, she used a eavesdropping conversation between Burton and Jonny Fairplay to create a schism between them and Tijuana. In Game Changers she saw Michaela and J.T. They fought over sugar consumption and ate everything to focus on each other rather than on them. Nobody is safe from Sandra since she blamed her best friend Christa for pouring fish when Sandra herself was the one who did it.
Biggest weakness: Argumentative. Two of Sandra’s most iconic quotes – “I can be loud too, what’s that ?!” and “I’m against you, Russell” – come from arguments with Jonny Fairplay and Russell, two players with whom she particularly resisted. If she has a problem with you, she will make sure that you and the rest of the tribe Jeff Probst will hear it. And while this honesty ensures entertaining television, it can scare people off from a social perspective.
Biggest moves: Given that Sandra won two seasons, we’ll cheat a bit and make a move out of each of her winning seasons. In Pearl Islands, Sandra has just lost her last ally in Final 5 and was a free agent in the game. When Jonny Fairplay and Burton received a reward together, Sandra took the opportunity to bring the other women in Darrah and Lillian together. They had an open discussion about the boys’ plans and promised to work together on the next vote. Sandra not only avenged herself, but also helped to eliminate a physical threat in Burton.
In the last 12 of Heroes vs. Villains were Sandra and their ally Courtney the last of their alliance, and Russell declared himself the tribal leader. Sandra was in a tight corner and noticed that Coach Russell rejected decisions. She decided to plant a seed and lied to Russell that the coach was planning against him. She read her contradiction perfectly when Russell was immediately affected by the argument and voted out of Coach to take Sandra to safety another day.
Underdog or Top Dog?: Underdog. It seems like every season she plays for one reason or another passes a time when her closest allies are defeated with the rest of her in turn. Despite her precarious position on paper, Sandra is almost always able to work back for at least one more vote, usually by facing up to the person in charge. This story has appeared in Heroes vs. Villains worked best where her determination to keep rid of Russell brought in the voices of all heroes whose deaths were due to Russell’s lies.
Challenge skills: While Sandra is good at many elements of Survivor, the challenge is not one of them. Both in Pearl Islands and in Heroes vs. Villains benefited Sandra greatly from the early winning streak of their tribes. If she were most likely to target weak challenges, she could instead use the time to form bonds and alliances so that she would be protected if they finally voted.
Role models and advantages: Sandra found the last idol of Heroes vs. Villains during a crazy hunt. She wisely decided not to tell anyone about it and see how Russell would take advantage if he had the information. She then amazed the players and the jury alike when she played it and picked up two votes against her. As part of two seasons in Game Changers and Island of the Idols, Sandra has also grown accustomed to all kinds of benefits that can show up on the island and how to take full advantage of them.
Life after the survivor: Sandra lives with her husband Marcus and the two children Tatianna and Alana as a secretary in a law firm.
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