Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Marquesas, All-Stars
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 66 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 2

Survivor: Marquesas (2002) - 3rd place, 14th out - 7th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 13, "The Sole Survivor" (Day 38).

Survivor: All-Stars (2004) - 8th place, 11th out - 2nd juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 11, "A Thoughtful Gesture, or a Deceptive Plan?" (Day 28).

Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall scores
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S4: Marquesas 4.51 13.46 0.34 7 5 10 0.69 2.18 - - - 1.03 6.69
S8: All-Stars 1.73 4.81 0.36 3 6 5 0.56 1.68 - - - 0.92 3.41
Career 6.23 18.27 0.34 10 11 15 0.66 2.01 - - - 1.00 5.13
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Challenge record
  • S4 logo Marquesas challenges

    Ep5 RC - Tiki Towers

    Tribal/team challenge record (8-for-11):

    • Marquesas Ep. 1 IC: "Outrigger Fire Quest" - Helps carry the canoe, and Rotu wins big.
    • Marquesas Ep. 2 RC: "Do or Dive" - Dives, rows the boat, and Rotu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 2 IC: "Marquesan Menu" - Handles her first-round fafaru bobbing, and Rotu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 3 RC: "Raft Rescue" - Builds and paddles the raft; Rotu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 3 IC: "Coconut Maze Race" - Never the caller, but pulls ropes, and Rotu wins.
    • Marquesas Ep. 4 IC: "Life's a Tapestry" - Now with Maraamu, tries to direct the weaving; Maraamu loses again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 5 RC: "Tiki Tower" - Caller for tiki collection, helps build, and Maraamu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 5 IC: "Distress Signal" - Thanks to a flag and a stolen blanket, Maraamu wins again.
    • Marquesas Ep. 6 RC: "Jungle Relay" - Rows the final leg with Gina, and Maraamu wins!
    • Marquesas Ep. 6 IC: "Maze" - Leads Maraamu around in circles, finds just two planks, loses (5-2).
    • Marquesas Ep. 9 RC: "Coconut Juice" - Paired with the General; makes good progress, but does not win.


    Sea Legs - Ep7 IC

    Individual challenge record (3-for-11): (Mean % finish: 62.8%)

    • Marquesas Ep. 7 IC: "Sea Legs" - Maintains core stability throughout, and Kathy wins! (1st/10).
    • Marquesas Ep. 8 RC: "Go Fly a Kite" - The only person to get her kite off the ground; Kathy wins! (1st/9).
    • Marquesas Ep. 8 IC: "Parang Swing" - Third out, chopped by the General (7th/9).
    • Marquesas Ep. 9 IC: "High Stepping" - Eliminated by Paschal in the first round (tie-5th/8).
    • Marquesas Ep. 10 RC: "Rock Bottom" - Reaches the final round, but does not win (tie-2nd/7).
    • Marquesas Ep. 10 IC: "Virtues of Fire" - Waiting for her popcorn as the challenge ends (tie-3rd/7).
    • Marquesas Ep. 11 IC: "Sands of Time" - Fourth person eliminated (3rd/6).
    • Marquesas Ep. 12 RC: "Second Chance" - Still on the coconut juice as Sean wins (tie-2nd/5).
    • Marquesas Ep. 12 IC: "Marquesan Folklore" - Gets five tikis, drops one, but gets it back, and Kathy wins! (1st/5).
    • Marquesas Ep. 13 F4 IC: "Fallen Comrades" - Gets eight answers right, does not win (tie-3rd/4).
    • Marquesas Ep. 13 F3 IC: "Hand on a Hard Idol" - Lasts 4 hrs, 30 min., but first out (3rd/3).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • Marquesas: None.
  • S8 logo All-Stars challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Float Your Boat - Ep2 IC
    Float Your Boat - Ep2 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-14; 3 2nds; 1 sit-out):

    • All-Stars Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Quest for Fire" - Mogo Mogo finishes second (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 2 RC: "Stairway to the Stars" - Mogo Mogo loses, but Saboga gives them reward, anyway.
    • All-Stars Ep. 2 IC: "Float Your Boat" - Mogo Mogo finishes second again (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 3 RC: "Better Homes and Island Living" - Sits out as Mogo Mogo nabs another second-place finish (2nd/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 4 RC: "Match Maker" - Mogo Mogo finishes dead last (3rd/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 4 IC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Mogo Mogo is back to second place (2nd*/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 5 RC: "Shipwrecked Raft Rescue" - Mogo Mogo wins! (1st/3).
    • All-Stars Ep. 5 IC: "Pilfering Pirates" - Now down to two tribes, Mogo Mogo just loses.
    • All-Stars Ep. 6 RC: "Tribal Stomp-ede" - Mogo Mogo wins a barbecue feast!
    • All-Stars Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Floating Puzzle" - Mogo Mogo loses.
    • All-Stars Ep. 8 RC: "Log Jam" - Mogo Mogo loses again.
    • All-Stars Ep. 8 IC: "Choose Your Weapon" - Mogo Mogo loses again.
    • All-Stars Ep. 9 IC: "Survivor History" - Now with Chapera, which loses.
    • All-Stars Ep. 11 RC: "Big Bad O' Course" - Part of the losing team in the reward portion of the challenge.
    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of All-Stars count as half a win.


    Individual challenge record (1-for-2): (Mean % finish: 72.2%)

    • All-Stars Ep. 10 RC: "Rock Bottom" - Eliminated in the second round (tie-6th/9).
    • All-Stars Ep. 10 IC: "Waiting to Exhale" - Outraces Amber in the second round, and Kathy wins! (1st/4).


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • All-Stars: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 10
    2nd place: 3
    Played: 25
    Win%: 0.46
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 4
    Played: 13
    Win%: 0.31
    Mean% Finish: 64.2%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Tribal Council record
  • S4 logo Marquesas Tribal

    Ep11 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played:

    • Marquesas: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (7/10):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Marquesas, Ep. 4: One vote, from Sarah.
    • Marquesas, Ep. 6: One vote, from Gina.
    • Marquesas, Ep. 13, F4 vote: Two votes, from Neleh and Paschal.
    • Marquesas, Ep. 13, F3 vote: One vote, from Neleh (voted out, 1-0 or 2-1).


    Jury votes made (0/1):

    • Marquesas, Ep. 13: Voted for Neleh Dennis, who finished second (4-3).
  • S8 logo All-Stars Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • All-Stars: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/5):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • All-Stars, Ep. 10: Six votes, from Amber, Boston Rob, Jenna L., Rupert, Big Tom, and Alicia (voted out, 6-2).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • All-Stars, Ep. 15: Voted for Rob Mariano (who finished second, 4-3).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: --
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 10
    Tribals: 15
    VAP: 11
  • Jury votes
    Made: 2
    For winners: 0
    Received: --
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Pictures
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Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Interviews
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien - Bios
  • S4 logo Marquesas bio

    Official CBS Marquesas bio excerpts (circa January, 2002):


    "Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, N. Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego, California. She attended Cohasset High School in Massachusetts before her four years of college at the Rhode Island School of Design.


    Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien currently works as a real estate agent. Prior to this, she was self-employed for 10 years running her small businesses: a unique paper, gifts, and art products store and an event-planning business. She also worked in newspaper advertising. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, skiing, sailing, road-biking and fly-fishing. In 1998, she biked across the United States for the American Lung Association as a dedication to her father. The trip was 48 days from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and raised over $1.5 million."


  • S8 logo All-Stars bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From her official CBS Survivor: All-Stars cast bio page:


    "Since finishing in third place on Survivor: Marquesas, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien began a foundation to help women gain self confidence through outdoor adventure, challenges and risk taking (www.therealfoundation.com). Kathy also has established a new business (R3) to encourage and inspire corporate teams and individuals.

    ... Kathy currently resides in Burlington, Vermont. She has one son, Patrick. Her birth date is Jan. 6, 1954."