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Seasons: 2 | Days: 56 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

Survivor: The Australian Outback (2001) - 11th place, 6th out (medevac).

  • Removed after falling into a fire in Episode 6, "Trial By Fire" (Day 17).

Survivor: Philippines (2012) - 2nd place (tie, 6-1-1).

  • Received 1 jury vote, to tie for second, in Episode 14, "Million Dollar Question" (Day 39).
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Mike Skupin - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S2: The Australian Outback 0.97 1.53 0.64 2 0* 2* 0.57* 1.87* - - - 1.21 1.84
S25: Philippines 4.05 13.36 0.30 6 0 8 0.75 5.25 1 8 0.13 1.18 10.05
Career 5.02 14.88 0.34 8 0 10 0.73 5.09 1 8 0.13 1.19 8.25
*To adjust Mike's score to account for his medevac, 6 VAP, 6 TotV, and 1 TCA were added to his stats (not shown).
Mike Skupin - Challenge record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback challenges
    Water Torture - Ep3 RC
    Triage - Ep5 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-10):

    • Australian Outback, Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Bridge the Gap" - Kucha manages to capsize its raft, and loses.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 2 RC: "Butch Cassidy" - Kucha loses again, thanks to slow, slow Rodger.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 2 IC: "Tucker'd Out" - Kucha wins on the tie-breaker, thanks to Kimmi.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 3 RC: "Water Torture" - Mike's stick breaks, then Kucha loses on the tie-breaker.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 3 IC: "Lock Step"- Kucha wins, narrowly.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 4 RC: "Master Mind" - Kucha wins chickens, in about thirty seconds on a slide puzzle.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 4 IC: "True or Falls" - Scores the first point as Kucha wins again.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 5 RC: "Triage" - Carries from the start, Kucha wins.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 5 IC: "The Maze" - Kucha, with two extra people in tow, loses big (5-2).
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 6 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Paired with Elisabeth, and belatedly, Kucha wins.

     

    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Australian Outback: None.

     

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

    • None.
  • S25 logo Philippines challenges
    Deep In Thought - Ep3 RC/IC
    Catch of the Day - Ep8 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5.0*-for-11; 1 sit-out):

    • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does rowing stage, Tandang then blows the lead, ends up second (2nd*/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Hauler. Tandang 1st (1st/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Dives, gets bloody. Tandang second (2nd*/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Competes, Tandang wins (1st/3).
    • Philippines Ep. 5 RC: "Idol Hands" - Beats Penner with a creative statue toss, Tandang wins.
    • Philippines Ep. 5 IC: "Thrash, Splash & Bash" - Competes again. Tandang wins.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 RC: "Bog Roll" - Lead negotiator as Tandang surrenders.
    • Philippines Ep. 6 IC: "Philiping Out" - Finally sits out, Tandang still wins.
    • Philippines Ep. 8 RC: "Catch of the Day" - Part of losing team (with Carter, Pete, Artis, Abi-Maria).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 RC: "Muddy Waters" - Part of losing team gain (with Pete, Artis, Lisa).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 RC: "Snare the Drum" - New partners, another team loss (with Denise, Penner, Lisa).

    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of Philippines count as half a win.

     

    Paddle Out - Ep9 IC
    The Ball Drop - Ep14 IC

    Individual challenge record (3-for-11): (Mean % finish: 65%)

    • Philippines Ep. 7 IC, "Wrist Assured" - Out first for the men (7th/7).
    • Philippines Ep. 8 IC, "Snake in the Grass" - Eliminated (by inches) in first stage (4th/10).
    • Philippines Ep. 9 IC: "Paddle Out" - Wins immunity, miles ahead of everyone else (1st/9).
    • Philippines Ep. 10 IC: "Push Your Luck" - Narrowly loses to Carter at the final knot (2nd/ 8).
    • Philippines Ep. 11 IC: "Brains and Brawn" - Missed one trivia question, eliminated in 2nd stage (tie-4th/7).
    • Philippines Ep. 12 RC: "Mud Slinging" - Does not win reward, but gets to spend the day with his son (tie-2nd/6).
    • Philippines Ep. 12 IC: "Fish and Game" - Does well on the fishing part, but not well enough to win (tie-3rd/6).
    • Philippines Ep. 13 RC: "Sliders" - Narrowly wins, 5 rings hooked to Malcolm's 4 (1st/5).
    • Philippines Ep. 13 IC: "One Track Mind" - Early lead, but stuck on the maze puzzle at the end (tie-2nd/5).
    • Philippines Ep. 14 RC: "Dragon Slayer" - Loses, not close on the puzzle (4th/4).
    • Philippines Ep. 14 IC: "The Ball Drop" - Wins, despite Malcolm's "advantage" (1st/4).

     

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

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 11.0*
    Played: 21
    Win%: 0.52
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 3
    Played: 11
    Win%: 0.27
    Mean% Finish: 65%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Mike Skupin - Tribal Council record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback Tribal
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep5 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/2):

     

    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Australian Outback: None.

     

    Jury votes made (0):

    • None.
  • S25 logo Philippines Tribal
    Ep10 Tribal Council
    Final Three

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.

     

    VFB - Votes for the person booted (6/8):

     

    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Philippines: None.

     

    Jury votes received (1/8):

    • Philippines, Ep. 14: Received one jury vote, from Carter Williams (but lost, 6-1-1).
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 8
    Tribals: 10
    VAP: 0
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: 1
    Total jurors: 8
Mike Skupin - Pictures
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Mike Skupin - Interviews
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • None? Some?

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Jessica Shaw at the EW.com (3/12/01): "Survivor's Mike isn't the pig you might think"
    • SurvivorOz podcast interview (12/16/11): "Mike Skupin Interview"
  • S25 logo Philippines interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (9/17/12): "Pre-Game Interview: Michael Skupin"
    • CBS pre-game interview (YouTube)

     

    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (12/17/12): "Interviews with the Survivor Philippines Final Four"
    • Dalton Ross at EW.com (12/17/12): "Mike Skupin blames Ponderosa for his loss; says he was blackmailed by one juror"
    • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (12/19/12): "Michael Skupin: Jury Member Tried to ‘Blackmail’ Him"
Mike Skupin - Bios
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback bio

    From his official CBS Survivor: The Australian Outback cast bio page:

     

    "Michael Skupin co-founded a software publishing and distribution company in 1992 where he currently serves as president. He also founded the CCA, which is a motivational speaking company. He attended Western Michigan University where he earned a bachelor of business management in 1984. His previous employment includes office equipment sales, surgical and operating room equipment sales, and a water-ski instructor. He is most proud of his wife Peni and his three children, Michael (12), Kalyn (9) and Emily (3).

     

    Skupin describes himself as adventurous, a thrill-seeker, and a risk taker. His favorite television shows are ESPN's SportsCenter / Primetime (to compare notes with his son) and Seinfeld while his favorite motion picture is Meet Joe Black. Although he's a big fan of Faith Hill, he listens to a variety of music including Top 40, Country, Christian and has a soft spot for Oldies. His favorite sports teams are any team from Michigan, especially the University of Michigan Wolverines. Amid his hectic schedule, Skupin finds time to hunt, barefoot water-ski and play ice hockey. He'll also play a good game of Scattegories if time permits.

     

    Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Skupin currently lives in White Lake, Michigan with his wife and three children. They have 2 Black Labradors, Thor and Simeon and lots of wild fish and wild birds. His birth date is January 29, 1962."

  • S25 logo Philippines bio

    Excerpts from his CBS.com Survivor: Philippines bio page:

     

    "Personal Claim to Fame: I have seven of them that I feed everyday – my children. And, ranking 23rd on TV Guide and TV Land's List of the 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments. It’s an honor to have been there when it all started! 
    Inspiration in Life: My dad, a true warrior who lost a battle to cancer when he was 28 and my mom who battled emphysema for 17 years and never complained. She taught me what tough was.  
    Hobbies: Sports and fitness, coaching my kids and anything to do with water… in it, on it, over it, looking at it or listening to it.  
    Pet Peeves: Negativity and pessimism. The glass is always full. 
    3 Words to Describe You: Adventurous, spontaneous and competitive.
    If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
    1)    Animals to hunt for food.
    2)    An impenetrable shelter. 
    3)    An unbreakable alliance. 
    Reason for Being on Survivor: To avenge a long-standing internal battle, wondering if I can win this game in spite of the changes and my 12 year absence. No matter what any returning player may say, you never stop thinking about going back. And: 7 cars when they turn 16, 7 college educations, 7 weddings… I want to be there for my kids at all times when they need me. 
    Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: The physical part I’m ultra prepared for. I never stop moving. The survival part won’t be an issue. I grew up in the woods. My crazy family life has prepared me exceptionally for the mental part. I’m surviving seven kids!   
    Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: There is no other returning player in the history of this game with more to prove than me. I’ll find a way to win, whatever it takes! I won’t give up… ever, ever , ever, ever!"

     

    From his EW.com pre-game interview, by Dalton Ross:

    "'For 22 seasons, I’ve thought about playing this game again,' the 50-year-old Skupin told EW.com while on location in the Caramoan Islands the day be'ore filming commenced, but he is not looking at this outing as a shot at redemption. 'I’m not here because I fell in the fire or to prove to the world anything,' he says. 'I’m here to play the game again, from start to finish. This will be a whole new adventure for me.'"

     

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