Russell Swan - Survivor: Samoa, Survivor: Philippines
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 25 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

Survivor: Samoa (2009) - 14th place, seventh out (medically evacuated).

  • Left the game in Episode 6, "This Is the Man Test" (Day 15).

Survivor: Philippines (2012) - 15th place, fourth out.

  • Voted out in Episode 4, "Create A Little Chaos" (Day 10).
Russell Swan - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S19: Samoa 1.06 1.48 0.72 1 0 1 0.28 1.17 - - - 1.00 2.23
S25: Philippines 0.00 0.95 0.00 3 4 4 0.69 2.63 - - - 0.69 2.63
Career 1.06 2.43 0.44 4 4 5 0.77 3.73 - - - 1.21 4.26
Russell Swan - Challenge record
Survivor: Samoa - Click links to watch the challenges on YouTube
Schmergen Brawl - Ep2 RC/IC
Roll With It - Ep6 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-8; 2 sit-outs, 1 incomplete):

 

Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Samoa: None.

 

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

  • None.

 

Survivor: Philippines
Share the Wealth - Ep1 RC/IC
Swing Break - Ep4 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-4):

  • Philippines Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Share the Wealth" - Does running stage, Matsing loses.
  • Philippines Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Manila Folders" - Hauls sleds, works the puzzle. Matsing loses.
  • Philippines Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Deep In Thought" - Struggles in the diving, Matsing loses.
  • Philippines Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Swing Break" - Matsing loses. Again.

 

Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

  • Philippines: None.

 

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

  • None.

 

Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 6
    Played: 12
    Win%: 0.50
    Sat out: 2
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Russell Swan - Tribal Council record
Survivor: Samoa

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Samoa: None.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/1):

  • Samoa, Ep. 4: Yasmin Giles (voted out, 8-2).

 

VAP - Votes against (0):

  • Samoa: None.

 

Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Samoa: None.

 

Survivor: Philippines
Ep2 Tribal Council
Ep4 Tribal Council

Idols held/played: (0/0)

  • None.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/4):

 

VAP - Votes against (4):

  • Philippines, Ep. 1: One vote, from Zane.
  • Philippines, Ep. 3: One vote, from Angie.
  • Philippines, Ep. 4: Two votes, from Malcolm and Denise (voted out, 2-1).

 

Jury votes made (0/0):

  • Philippines: None.

 

Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 4
    Tribals: 5
    VAP: 4
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: --
Russell Swan - Pictures
Survivor: Samoa, Philippines image galleries
Russell Swan - Interviews
Survivor: Samoa

Pre-game interviews

  • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (9/14/09): "Russell Swan: 'I don't want them to think about uses of grey matter at all'"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (10/23/09): "Castaway Interview: Russell Swan"
  • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (10/23/09): "Russell Swan: 'My memory is completely different than what I saw on TV'"
  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (10/25/09): "Russell says he was 'pissed' at Jeff Probst for pulling him from the game"
  • Andrea Reiher at Zap2It.com (10/23/09): "Interview with contestant Russell Swan"
  • Eric Goldman at IGN.com (10/28/09): "Survivor: Samoa Interview - Russell Swan"

 

Survivor: Philippines

Pre-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (9/5/12): "Pre-game Interview: Russell Swan"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/11/12): "Russell Swan on Coping with the Losses of Survivor: Philippines"
  • Gordon Holmes at XfinityTV.com (10/11/12): "Survivor: Philippines Castaway Russell: ‘I’m Just Mad…Humiliated’"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (10/13/12): "Russell Swan talks Survivor: Philippines"
  • Steve Helling at People (10/14/12): "Russell Swan: Being On Survivor Brought On Depression"

 

Russell Swan - Bios
Survivor: Samoa

Excerpts from his CBS.com Survivor: Samoa bio page (8/27/09):

 

"At 5’11” and 220 'semi-solid' pounds, this attorney spends his working hours suing companies and individuals who violate environmental laws. In addition to practicing law, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife and five-year-old daughter and watching independent films.

 

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Russell’s father fell victim to layoffs at a local steel mill and struggled to support his family. Forced to move into Section 8 housing, his parents eventually divorced but the separation did not weaken any of his relationships, including the one he shared with his parents. Russell’s hero is his dad whom he says, 'really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child.'

 

Despite tumultuous circumstances (or as a result of), Russell has been attracted to jobs with responsibilities ranging from environmental protection, minority youth education advocacy and representation for homeless individuals. He is a dedicated father and a loving husband and describes a perfect day as spending time with his daughter and ending the day by 'talking' privately with his wife.

 

A passionate man, Russell cannot stand hearing over-generalizations about specific groupings of people and avoids discussing topics relating to race and sexuality because he feels that others usually have a hard time dealing with his conversation style.

 

Always prepared to joke and laugh at himself, Russell is willing to go to drastic lengths for a million dollars in order to win including making a vow to cut off his dreadlocks if he wins the title of sole Survivor.

 

Currently, Russell resides in Glenside, Pa. His birthday is February 17."

 

 

Survivor: Philippines

Excerpts from his CBS.com Survivor: Philippines bio page (8/22/12):

 

"Personal Claim to Fame: Being a good Dad. 
Inspiration in Life: My dad because he was a very ordinary guy, but a damn good dad. He really loved his family and was a perfect example of what a husband should be to his wife, and what a dad should be to his child. 
Hobbies: Riding my motorcycle, mountain biking and skiing. 
Pet Peeves: I hate whiners, materialistic people and generally people who are full of crap. 
3 Words to Describe You: Energetic, optimistic and focused. 
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? I would bring my 'Terrible Towel' because I’m an avid Steelers fan and I’m always looking for converts. That’s it! 
Reason for Being on Survivor: First, the game kicked my butt and I want payback. Second, I want to show people that failure doesn’t always mean the end. 
Why You Think You’ll 'Survive' Survivor: I bring strength for the physically demanding challenges. I’m cunning – I know how to get my way without being overly confrontational. And, I have a sense of humor. I love making people laugh. 
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: Because I’ve already tried the failure route. I’m gonna take a different path and win this time!"

 

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

"For many — including host Jeff Probst — Russell Swan’s exit from Survivor: Samoa was the scariest Survivor moment ever, as dehydration caused Swan’s eyes to roll back in his head as he lost consciousness. 'That situation broke me,' the 45-year-old Swan told EW.com while on location. 'I’ve had challenges in my life before, but nothing like that. It challenged the very core of who I was. I always thought, if nothing else, I can always depend on my physical prowess. And after eight applications, waiting 10 years, I finally get on the show only to get carried out on my back. Worst thing I could have ever imagined.'"

 

 

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