December 26, 1960 |
|Television||Survivor: The Australian Outback
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
|Political movement||The Australian Outback:
Blood vs. Water:
|Awards||Winner (The Australian Outback)
18th Place (All Stars)
Tina Wesson (born December 26, 1960 in Knoxville, Tennessee) won $1,000,000 as the winner of the second season of Survivor, on Survivor: The Australian Outback. A personal nurse from Knoxville, Tennessee, Wesson outlasted 15 other players to become the first woman to win the $1 million prize in 2001. She did not have any votes cast against her at Tribal Council. At the time Wesson was aged 40 and she held the title of oldest female Survivor winner for 11 years (23 seasons, 10 female winners) until Denise Stapley, aged 41, won Survivor: Philippines in 2012. Wesson returned in 2004 for Survivor: All-Stars, where she was the first person voted off the show. After her appearances on the show, Wesson began teaching occasional outdoor survival classes.
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. In Episode 4, Wesson was part of a move orchestrated on the way to Tribal Council. Wesson 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 Episode 3's tribal council.
At the Final 6, the main faction of the now Ogakor 4 joined Bingham and Elisabeth Filarski to vote out Jerri's old ally Amber, propelling them into the Final 5, at which her, Colby and Keith took control and eliminated Bingham and then Filarski at the next two tribal councils. In the Final 3 immunity challenge, Donaldson continued a winning streak and chose to eliminate the more hated Famie instead of Wesson, which cost him the win.
Wesson became the Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote, in which she gained the votes of Keith, Elisabeth, Jerri, and Calaway.
As part of the Saboga tribe who lost immunity in the first episode, Wesson, a previous winner, was immediately targeted. She was eliminated over Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn. Tribemate Jenna Lewis orchestrated this move stating "it's our game now, get... off our playing field!" With the very first votes against her, Wesson was voted out of Survivor: All-Stars in Episode 1.
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Wesson is competing on the show's 27th season, Blood vs. Water, alongside her daughter Katie Collins, who first appeared in the loved ones episode on Survivor: The Australian Outback. Wesson was voted out and is currently competing on Redemption Island for a chance to reenter the game.
- Wesson, Tina (2006). Out Live Out Laugh Out Love. AuthorHouse.
- Tina Wesson Official website
- DealsGapAdventures Motorbike & hiking guided tours - Tour guide: Tina Wesson
- Wesson's bio at CBS
|Title of Sole Survivor
The Australian Outback