Christy Smith

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Christy Smith
Born (1978-09-13) September 13, 1978 (age 38)
Aspen, Colorado, U.S.
Television Survivor: The Amazon

Christy Smith (born September 13, 1978, in Aspen, Colorado) originally from Basalt, Colorado[1] is the first deaf contestant on the CBS reality television series Survivor: The Amazon and co-founder of Discovering Deaf Worlds.

Early life[edit]

Christy Smith was born premature, weighing less than 2 pounds (0.91 kg). As a baby, she pulled out her air tube and ended up losing 90 percent of her hearing.[2] As such, she is skilled in lip reading and American Sign Language.

Education and career[edit]

Smith attended high school and college in Washington, D.C. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in criminology from Gallaudet University in 2000.[3] After graduating from Gallaudet, she worked at Aspen Camp School for the Deaf as a guide.[4] After competing on Survivor, Smith created "Christy's Kids: Challenge Yourself," a television show that debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS on April 2005.[5]

In January 2007, Smith co-founded Discovering Deaf Worlds, an organization which uses world travel to increase deafness awareness.[6]

Survivor: The Amazon[edit]

Smith is the first deaf contestant to appear on the CBS reality television series Survivor. As a contestant on Survivor: The Amazon, Smith shocked her tribe members on the first day when she announced her disability. She competed on Survivor to bring awareness of deaf culture and in the hope of bringing home the prize money.[4]

On day 33 of the show, Smith was voted out in a 4-2 decision by Jenna Morasca, Heidi Strobel, Matthew von Ertfelda, and Rob Cesternino. Smith came in sixth place and became the fourth member of the jury of seven that would ultimately vote for the winner of the show. In the end, Smith voted for Jenna to win the $1,000,000 USD grand prize.


  1. ^ DDW Co-Founder - Christy Smith Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  2. ^ Condon, Scott (2003), "TV show `Survivor' not just a game for Basalt's Smith", The Aspen Times, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  3. ^ "Alumna joins cast of Survivor: The Amazon", On the Green, 33 (10), 2003, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  4. ^ a b Berke, Jamie (2009), Christy Smith, Deaf 'Survivor': Athletic Deaf Woman Competed on 'Survivor', retrieved 2009-11-15 
  5. ^ The True Media Foundation: Christy's Kids, retrieved 2009-11-15 
  6. ^ Discovering Deaf Worlds: About Us, retrieved 2009-11-15 

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