Tom Westman - Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
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Seasons: 2 | Days: 53 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 0

Survivor: Palau (2005) - Winner, six jury votes.

  • Received six jury votes to win (6-1) in Episode 14, "The Ultimate Shock" (Day 39).


Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 16th place, 5th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 5, "Knights of the Round Table" (Day 14).

Tom Westman - 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
S10: Palau 6.66 13.60 0.49 6 0 7 0.86 6.00 6 7 0.86 2.20 17.81
S20: Heroes vs. Villains
0.23 1.03 0.22 2 5 4 0.46 1.56 - - - 0.68 1.78
Career 6.89 14.62 0.47 8 5 11 0.72 4.38 6 7 0.86 1.62 10.40
Tom Westman - Challenge record
  • S10 logo Palau challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (8-for-15; 4 sit-outs):

    • Palau Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Supply Dump" - Crosses obstacles, paddles, and Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 2 RC: "Gauntlet Dash" - Swings the sandbags, but Koror loses, 10-3.
    • Palau Ep. 2 IC: "Heads Up" - Dives, hauls the crate, helps with the puzzle; Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 3 RC: "By Any Means Necessary" - Loses vs. Jeff; Koror loses big.
    • Palau Ep. 3 IC: "Hot Pursuit" - Stays in until the end, and Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 4 RC: "Build a Better Bathroom" - Koror does indeed, and wins a shelter.
    • Palau Ep. 4 IC: "Sumo at Sea" - Scores twice vs. Bobby Jon; Koror wins, 6-5.
    • Palau Ep. 5 IC: "Sea Salvage" - Retrieves a bottle, pulls the rope, and Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 6 RC: "Shooting Gallery" - Hits on one shot, but Koror loses, 8-7.
    • Palau Ep. 6 IC: "Build It Up, Break It Down" - Sits out, as Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 7 RC: "SOS" - Sits out, as Koror wins again.
    • Palau Ep. 7 IC: "Sea Stars" - Sits out a third straight time, Koror keeps winning.
    • Palau Ep. 8 RC: "Cool Hand Balut" - Beats Bobby Jon in balut-eating finals, Koror wins.
    • Palau Ep. 8 IC: "Under Current" - Sits out, as Koror wins again.
    • Palau Ep. 10 RC: "Water Tower" - Carries and builds the tower; light-green team wins.


    Perch - Ep9 IC

    Individual challenge record (5-for-10): (Mean % finish: 81.6%)

    • Palau Ep.1 ind. IC: Middle of the pack, but ahead of Jonathan (tie-2nd/10).
    • Palau Ep. 9 IC: "Perch" - Lasts over three hours, and Tom wins (1st/9).
    • Palau Ep. 10 IC: "Last Gasp" - Holds on for over an hour; Tom wins (1st/8).
    • Palau Ep. 11 IC: "Kamikaze" - Breaks two of his own tiles, has one broken (tie-2nd/7).
    • Palau Ep. 12 RC: "First Quencher Q&A" - Second person eliminated (5th/6).
    • Palau Ep. 12 IC: "Second Chance" - Loses to Ian in the final round (2nd/6).
    • Palau Ep. 13 RC: "Raft Rally" - Gets all 5 bags, but not fast enough (2nd/5).
    • Palau Ep. 13 IC: "R.A.M." - A few wrong answer checks, but Tom wins (1st/5).
    • Palau Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Tower of Domination" - Gets the right combo; Tom wins (1st/4).
    • Palau Ep. 14 F3 IC: "Bob-Bob-Buoy" - Lasts 11 hrs, 55 min. before Ian cuts a deal and steps down, and Tom wins (1st/3).


    Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

    • Palau: None.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    A Crate Idea - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (2-for-8):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Parvati dislocates Stephenie's shoulder, but Heroes win, 3-2.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Helps build a lead for the Heroes on the boating leg, which they promptly blow on the puzzle. Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - After failing to follow James' idea of "one voice," the Heroes lose again.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beats Russell, and Heroes win, 8-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Loses vs. Coach, and Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 4 IC: "Roll With It" - Gets rolled in the ball; Heroes lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores no points; Heroes lose, 3-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis - Paired with Colby; Heroes lose.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • None.


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

    • None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 10
    Played: 23
    Win%: 0.44
    Sat out: 4
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 10
    Win%: 0.50
    Mean% Finish: 81.6%
  • Hero challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Tom Westman - Tribal Council record
  • S10 logo Palau Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Palau: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (6/7):


    VAP - Votes against (0):

    • Palau: None.


    Jury votes received (6/7):

    • Palau, Ep. 14: Received six jury votes, from Janu, Stephenie, Gregg, Caryn, Jenn, and Ian, to win, 6-1.
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep1 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (1/1; 3 votes voided)

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Finds the Heroes' idol (Day 10).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Plays his idol for himself, voiding three votes and avoiding a tie (Day 11).


    VFB: Votes for the person booted (2/4):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 1: Sugar Kiper (voted out, 9-1).
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Cirie Fields (idoled out, 3-[0]-2).


    VAP: Votes against (5):

    • [Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 4: Three votes, from Candice, Amanda, and Cirie; all voided by Tom's idol play.]
    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 5: Five votes, from Rupert, Candice, Amanda, J.T., and James (voted out, 5-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 1
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 3
  • Voting record
    VFB: 8
    Tribals: 11
    VAP: 5
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    Received: 6
    Total jurors: 7
Tom Westman - Pictures
  • S10 logo Palau image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Tom Westman - Interviews
Tom Westman - Bios
  • S10 logo Palau bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Official Survivor: Palau bio page excerpts (1/26/05):


    "Born in Queens, New York, Tom Westman attended Archbishop Molloy High School, where he was a peer group counselor and member of the track team. In 1982, he held the school record in the pole vault, 14' 6'', which held for 20 years. He then studied history for three years at the State University of New York in Binghamton. In 1985, Westman followed his father's footsteps and joined the New York City Fire Department. He is currently a Lieutenant of Ladder Company 108 in Brooklyn. Simultaneously, he is finishing his undergraduate degree at Queens College, the City University of New York, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.


    Westman enjoys sailing, skiing, scuba diving, golfing and cooking. He is most happy spending time with his family and friends. He describes himself as gregarious, practical and competitive. He is most proud of his department's response to the rescue efforts of September 11, 2001, and the everyday efforts to help alleviate the suffering in New York City. His hero is his daughter, Meghan, who lost her hearing to meningitis at 18 months old and, after receiving a cochlear implant at 2 years old, is currently mainstreamed and thriving in the third grade.


    Westman is a member of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Fire Department of New York Emerald Society. He was also a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Having been recognized for his support by Disabled Sports, USA, in 2001, Westman has returned every year since to volunteer as an instructor where he helps introduce recently disabled veterans to adaptive skiing.


    Westman currently resides in Sayville, New York with his wife, Bernadette, and their three children, Meghan (8), Declan (6) and Conor (4). They have one golden retriever, Guinness. Westman's birth date is January 4, 1964."


  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains cast bio page:


    "Personal Claim To Fame: "Being a proud member of the FDNY as a Lieutenant of Ladder Co.108 in Brooklyn."

    Previous Finishes: Palau: Winner

    Favorite Past Moment: “Palau sunsets.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Most: Jenn Lyon (Palau)

    Previous Survivor He Respects Least:  “I'd rather not comment. I don't know these guys well enough to say who I respect the least.”

    Why Did He Come Back? : “It was so much fun the first time around. I couldn't resist having another adventure.”"