Sandra Diaz-Twine - Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Game Changers
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 94 | Wins: 2

Survivor: Pearl Islands (2003) - Winner, six jury votes.

  • Received six jury votes to win, 6-1, in Episode 14, "Flames and Endurance" (Day 39).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - Winner, six jury votes.

  • Received six jury votes to win, 6-3-0, in Episode 14, "Anything Could Happen" (Day 39).

Survivor: Game Changers (2017) - 15th place, 6th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 6, "Vote Early, Vote Often" (Day 16).
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S7: Pearl Islands 1.00 11.58 0.09 10 0 12 0.83 5.83 6 7 0.86 1.78 11.98
S20: HvsV 0.69 11.56 0.06 9 1 12 0.75 4.20 6 9 0.67 1.48 8.89
S34: Game Changers 0.27 1.12 0.24 2 5 5 0.38 1.24 - - - 0.61 1.51
Career 1.96 24.26 0.08 21 6 29 0.72 4.37 12 16 0.75 1.55 6.52
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Challenge record
  • S7 logo Pearl Islands challenges
    Pull Your Weight - Ep3 IC
    Survivor Smoothies - Ep5 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-15; 2 sit-outs):

    • Pearl Islands Ep. 1 IC: "Cannon Carry" - Drake wins, despite Morgan nudity.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 2 RC: "Bountiful Chest" - Sandra sits out of another Drake win.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 2 IC: "All Tied Up" - Sandra pulls the rope, Drake wins.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 3 RC: "Sprung A Leak" - Bails water, Drake wins again.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 3 IC: "Pull Your Weight" - Removed at the 10-minute mark, Drake wins.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 4 RC: "Float-It Notes" - Sandra digs up puzzle pieces; Drake wins again.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 4 IC: "Boarding Party" - Drake finally loses one, Rupert gets kidnapped by Morgan.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 5 RC: "Paddle for Paddles" - Drake loses, with Rupert on the other tribe.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 5 IC: "Survivor Smoothies" - With Savage, enjoys a sardine-bleeding clam smoothie, but can't handle the sardine garnish in the tie-breaker, loses to Darrah, and Drake loses.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 6 RC: "Ready, Aim, Fire" - Drake wins.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 6 IC: "Carry That Weight" - Sandra sits out; Drake loses.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 7 RC: "Pirate Prison Break" - Drake and Morgan both lose to the Outcasts.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 10 RC: "Rats in the Rigging" - Paired with Tijuana, loses to Rupert/Fairplay in the first round.
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 12 RC: "Water Obstacle Course" - Teamed with Christa and Burton, does not win.


    Tribal Draft - Final 4 IC
    Set Adrift - Final 3 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-11): (Mean % finish: 50%)

    • Pearl Islands Ep. 8 IC: "Keelhauling" - Distant fifth in the first-round heat (5th/5).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 9 RC: "Signal Fire" - Hits two plates in the first round, doesn't advance (2nd/3).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 9 IC: "Mixed Nuts" - Gets 5 questions right, but sixth out (4th/9).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 10 IC: "Killer" - Activates killer status, eliminates Rupert, taken out by Burton (4th/8).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 11 RC: "Loved Ones Overboard" - Sandra's husband, Marcus, is the first eliminated (7th/7).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 11 IC: "What Do You Make of This?" - 12 words on final round (2nd/7).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 12 IC: "Musket Love" - Hits one sail, which is at least one more than Fairplay does (tie-3rd/6).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 13 RC: "Second Chances" - One of four people nowhere close to Burton's win (tie-2nd/5).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 13 IC: "Corks and Keys" - Tied for last with Lill (tie-4th/5).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Tribal Draft" - Answers two questions right, but the jury wins (tie-4th/5).
    • Pearl Islands Ep. 14 F3 IC: "Set Adrift" - First person out, circa 15 minutes in (3rd/3).


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

    • None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges
    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC
    A Crate Idea - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-15; 6 sit-outs):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Disrobes Sugar, but Sugar scores anyway, Villains lose (3-2).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Works the puzzle, and Villains win on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls crates with Tyson; Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Sits out with Courtney, as the Villains lose big (8-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Loses a point to James, but the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Sits out with Courtney again, as the Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Sits out with Courtney and Parvati, Villains win again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Paired with Coach, Villains win on the puzzle.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 RC: "Basket Brawl" - Sits out with Courtney and Parvati, Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.7 IC: "Caught in the Web" - Works the puzzle with Rob, but the Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 RC: "Faux Coconut Bowling" - Sits out with Courtney again, Villains lose (3-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.8 IC: "Mudslide" - Paired with Russell, loses vs. Amanda/Candice. Villains lose (2-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 RC: "Chimney Sweep" - Outlasts Rupert, and the Villains win (3-0).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.9 IC: "Strung Out" - Sits out again, Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.11 RC: "Pacific Shuffle" - Teamed with Russell and Rupert, does not win.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-9): (Mean % finish: 31%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Tied for last on the Villains (tie-7th/9).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 10 IC: "Get A Grip" - Second to drop out, in about a minute (9th/10).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 11 IC: "House of Cards" - Does not win (bottom 6/9).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 F8 IC: "When It Rains" - Drops out with Russell at 1 minute for cookies, milk (8th/8).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 12 F7 IC: "Pegatory Knockout" - Second on the first round, but out after second (tie-4th/7).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 RC: "Pass the Bucket" - Paired with her uncle, does not win (tie-4th/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 13 IC: "Keep It Up" - Outlasts Colby, but second out (5th/6).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Offer It Up" - First person eliminated, at 9 dishes (5th/5).
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Blind Maze" - Not among the near-winner throng (4th/4).


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

    • None.
  • S34 logo Game Changers challenges
    Austin's EOC - Ep3 RC/IC
    Unchained Medley - Ep5 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (1.5*-for-6; 1 sit-out):

    • Game Changers Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Works the puzzle with Ciera, but Mana does not win.
    • Game Changers Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Removes number tiles from the giant snake, but Mana loses again.
    • Game Changers Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Austin's EOC" - Works the puzzle with Varner; new Nuku wins! (1st/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 4 IC: "Ow Pairs" - Sits out, watches Nuku blow a huge lead; Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 RC: "Unchained Medley" - Works the final slide puzzle; Nuku doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 IC: "Box Car Blues" - Helps flip the giant cube for Nuku, but Nuku loses (3rd/3).

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


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Game Changers: None.


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

    • Game Changers: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 12.5*
    Played: 36
    Win%: 0.35
    Sat out: 9
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 20
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 39%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Tribal Council record
  • S7 logo Pearl Islands Tribal
    Ep7 Tribal Council
    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (10/12):

    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 4: Burton Roberts (voted out, 5-2).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 5: Michelle Tesauro (voted out, 6-1).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 6: Trish Dunn (voted out, 4-2).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 7: Shawn Cohen (voted out, 4-1).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 8: Andrew Savage (voted out, 6-4).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 9: Ryan Opray (voted out, 8-1).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 11: Tijuana Bradley (voted out, 5-2).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 13: Burton Roberts (voted out again, 3-2).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Darrah Johnson (voted out, 3-1).
    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 14 (F3 vote): Autovote against Jonny Fairplay (voted out 1-0 [or 2-1]).


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Pearl Islands: None.


    Jury votes received (6/7):

    • Pearl Islands, Ep. 14: Received six jury votes, from Jonny Fairplay, Darrah Johnson, Burton Roberts, Christa Hastie, Rupert Boneham, and Ryan Opray (winner, 6-1).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal
    Ep3 Tribal Council
    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (1/1; 2 votes voided)

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12: After Probst reads the clue at the RC, finds the idol, pockets it, doesn't tell anyone.
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 13: After hinting to Rupert that she could help him, ends up playing the idol for herself, voiding two votes against her (from Rupert and Colby).


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/12):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 8: Coach Wade (voted out, 4-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 9: Courtney Yates (voted out, 5-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 10: J.T. Thomas (idoled out, 5-[0]-[0]).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 11: Amanda Kimmel (voted out, 6-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 12 (F8 vote): Candice Woodcock (voted out, 5-3).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 13: Rupert Boneham (voted out, 4-[0]).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Colby Donaldson (voted out, 4-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Jerri Manthey (voted out, 3-1).


    VAP - Votes against (1):

    • [Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 13: Two votes, from Colby and Rupert, both voided by her idol play.]
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): One vote, from Colby.


    Jury votes received (6/9):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 14: Received six jury votes, from Colby Donaldson, Rupert Boneham, Candice Woodcock, Amanda Kimmel, J.T. Thomas, and Courtney Yates (winner, 6-3-0).
  • S34 logo Game Changers Tribal
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep4 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Game Changers: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/5):


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 6: Five votes, from Andrea, Ozzy, Sarah, Tai, and Zeke (voted out, 5-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Game Changers: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 2
  • Voting record
    VFB: 21
    Tribals: 29
    VAP: 6
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    Received: 12
    Total jurors: 16
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Pictures
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Sandra Diaz-Twine - Interviews
  • S7 logo Pearl Islands interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • None found?


    Post-game interviews

    • Melanie McFarland at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (12/15/03): "Million-dollar Army mom sounds off about her Survivor tour of duty"
    • USAToday (12/15/03): "Sandra Diaz-Twine wins $1M on Survivor"
    • Tatiana Morales at (12/19/03): "Catching Up With Sandra"
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • Dalton Ross at (1/27/10): "Sandra claims 'I'm a good girl, I promise.' Anyone believe that?"
    • Andy Dehnart at RealityBlurred (2/1/10): "Sandra Diaz-Twine: 'The same thing I did before, it'll work, because they're dummies'"


    Post-game interviews

    • article (5/17/10): "Survivor Winner: Sandra Diaz-Twine"
    • Gordon Holmes at (5/17/10): "Winner Interview: Sandra Diaz-Twine"
    • Kate Stanhope at (5/17/10): "Sandra: Russell Doesn't Know How to Play the Game"
    • Daniel Fienberg at (5/22/10): "Sandra Diaz-Twine talks Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (6/14/10): "Sandra Diaz-Twine: Uncut & Uncensored"


    Thanks to Muneeb Khan (@MUK734) for his help in compiling this list.

  • S34 logo Game Changers interviews

    Pre-game interviews

    • CBS Game Changers pre-game interview (YouTube)
    • Josh Wigler at (2/9/17): "Sandra Diaz-Twine Aims for Her Third Title"
    • Dalton Ross at (2/10/17): "Sandra says 'I am the best player ever'"
    • Gordon Holmes at (2/23/17): "Sandra: 'If I Can Get to Day 4, I'll Be There at Day 39'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (4/6/17): "Sandra: 'Grabbing that Wrong Buff Killed My Game'"
    • Dalton Ross at (4/6/17): "Sandra reveals her tribe actually did kill and eat a goat"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (4/6/17): "Exit Interview | Latest Player Voted Out - 4/06/17"
Sandra Diaz-Twine - Bios
  • S7 logo Pearl Islands bio

    From her official CBS Pearl Islands bio page:


    "Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Sandra Diaz-Twine currently lives in Ft. Lewis, Washington with her husband, Marcus, and their two children, Tatiana, 8, and Alanna, 6. She is employed as a senior office associate with the Army and Air force Exchange Service. Prior to her current employment, she served as a chemical repair specialist with the United States Army. She also previously worked in the mailroom of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and in customer service at a clothing store. Her favorite hobbies are fishing and camping. She describes herself as adventurous, dedicated and a team player. She is most proud of having graduated from community college where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina. Her favorite sport is volleyball. Her mother is her hero because she has always been committed to and made sacrifices for her children. She thinks her mother is the bravest, kindest, most loving person and an inspiration. She believes she's a contender for Survivor: Pearl Islands because of her ability to improvise and feels her small knowledge of hunting will be an asset to the tribe. She also thinks she's a good provider and possesses good field skills. Her birth date is July 30, 1974."


  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio

    From her CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains bio page:


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “Graduating from community college where I received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.”
    Inspiration in Life: “My mother.”
    Previous Finishes: Pearl Islands: Winner
    Favorite Past Moment: “When I dumped the fish after Rupert got voted out.”
    Previous Survivor She Respects Most: “I have no comment.”
    Previous Survivor She Respects Least: Jonny Fairplay (Pearls Islands, Micronesia)
    Why Did She Come Back?: “Hands down, the money!”"


    Official CBS pre-game interview:

  • S34 logo Game Changers bio

    Excerpts from her official CBS Game Changers bio page:


    "How have you changed since the last time you played? 
    I’ve gotten older and fatter.


    What are you most proud of from the last time? 
    Winning again.


    How will you play differently this time? 
    I have no choice but to be a more aggressive-sneaky-mean-lying-and-cheating Sandra."