Carolyn Rivera - Survivor: Worlds Apart

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 39 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

  • Survivor: Worlds Apart (2015) - 2nd place (tie), one jury vote.
  • Received one jury vote to tie for 2nd (6-1-1) in Episode 14, "It's A Fickle, Fickle Game" (Day 39).

  • Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance (2015) - Was part of the voting pool, but did not place within the top 10 female candidates for slots (in part because she was still active on Worlds Apart during voting).

Carolyn Rivera on social media: Instagram | twitter

Carolyn Rivera - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S30: Worlds Apart 3.80 13.80 0.28 9 5 11 0.81 2.55 1 8 0.13 1.21 7.10
Career 3.80 13.80 0.28 9 5 11 0.81 2.55 1 8 0.13 1.21 7.10

 

Carolyn Rivera - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile

48%

Tribal: VFB% percentile

84%

Tribal: rVAP percentile

88%

Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.

 

Carolyn Rivera - Challenge record
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Barrel Bridge - Ep11 RC

Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-13; 3 2nds):

  • Worlds Apart Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Ladder Daze" - No major solo contributions; White Collar loses on the puzzle (3rd/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Basket Case" - Swims, watches Joaquin shoot, and White Collar wins (1st/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Dear Liza" - Helps carry and pour, occasionally runs ahead, and White Collar doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 4 RC: "Collar Blind" - Caller for White Collar, which just avoids being Brains-ed (2nd*/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 4 IC: "Houses of the Holey" - Places White Collar's second ball, they avoid losing again (2nd*/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 5 RC: "Beach Balls" - Now with Nagarote, launches a ball caught by the other side, and Nagarote loses big (5-2).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 5 IC: "Swing Break" - Paired with Kelly pulling the sled, lapped by Mike & Sierra, and Nagarote loses big again.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 6 RC: "Air Raid" - Hits one target, and Nagarote wins (6-5), goes turtle-watching.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 6 IC: "Shut Your Trap" - Wins her match vs. Rodney, and Nagarote wins.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 9 RC: "O-Black Water" - With Will, Jenn, Joe & Rodney, can't rope the rings, loses.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 11 RC: "Barrel Bridge" - Part of the winning team, with Tyler, Dan, and Will.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 12 RC: "Dulcimer Stomp" - Part of the winning team, with Mike and Sierra.
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 13 RC: "For-Word Progress" - After 1 hr, solves the puzzle for the winning team, with Mike & Will.

 

Back Splash - Ep12 IC

Individual challenge record (2-for-11): (Mean % finish: 55.6%)

  • Worlds Apart Ep.7 IC: "Get A Grip" - Last to drop out, circa 55 minutes (2nd/12).
  • Worlds Apart Ep.8 RC: "Anchorman" - Only collected one bag, does not win (tie-10th/11).
  • Worlds Apart Ep.8 IC: "Hip to be Square" - Sixth to reach the final puzzle, does not win (6th/11).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 9 IC: "Keep on your Toes" - First person to drop out (10th/10).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 10 IC: "Soul to Squeeze" - Places two out of six balls (tie-3rd/9).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 11 IC: "Water Weight" - Outlasts three men, and both women, and Carolyn wins! (1st/3).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 12 IC: "Back Splash" - Outlasts everyone, and Carolyn wins her second straight (1st/7).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 13 IC: "Puppet Master" - Still trying to snag her last bag when Mike wins (tie-5th/6).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 14 RC: "The Home Stretch" - As her husband watches, moving tiles when Mike wins (tie-3rd/5).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 14 F5 IC: "Going Blind" - Collects one necklace (tie-4th/5).
  • Worlds Apart Ep. 14 F4 IC: "Final Four-Titude" - Nearly catches up to Mike on the final puzzle (2nd/4).

 

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

  • Worlds Apart: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 6
2nd place: 3
Played: 13
Win%: 0.58
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 2
Played: 11
Win%: 0.18
Mean% Finish: 55.6%
Hero challenges/duels
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%:
Mean% Finish: -
Carolyn Rivera - Tribal Council record
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Ep13 Tribal Council

Idols held/played: (1/1; 5 votes voided)

  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 1: After suspecting So and Joaquin received an idol clue, observes So searching in trees, and looks for herself, finding Masaya's idol (Day 2).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 13: Successfully plays her idol for herself, canceling out five votes against (including Dan's two), saving herself from the boot.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/11):

  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 1: So Kim (voted out, 4-2).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 5: Max Dawson (voted out, 5-2).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 8: Hali Ford (voted out, 7-4).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 10: Jenn Brown (voted out, 5-3-1).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 11: Shirin Oskooi (voted out, 4-2-2).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 12: Tyler Fredrickson (idoled out, [0]-3).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 13: Dan Foley (idoled out, [0]-2).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 14 (Final 5 vote): Sierra Dawn Thomas (voted out, 4-1).
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 14 (Final 4 vote): Rodney Lavoie (voted out, 2-2; lost tie-breaker).

 

VAP - Votes against (5):

  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 1: Two votes, from Joaquin and So.
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 10: One vote, from Jenn.
  • [Worlds Apart, Ep. 13: Five votes, from Dan, Dan (extra vote), Will, Rodney, and Sierra. All voided by her idol.]
  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 14: Two votes, from Rodney and Will (but won the tie-breaker).

 

Jury votes received (1/8):

  • Worlds Apart, Ep. 14: Received one vote, from Sierra Dawn Thomas (but tied for second, 6-1-1).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 1
Idols played: 1
Votes voided: 5
Voting record
VFB: 9
Tribals: 11
VAP: 5
Jury votes
Made: 0
For winners: -
Received: 1
Total jurors: 8
Carolyn Rivera - Pictures
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    Worlds Apart intro shot
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    Worlds Apart intro shot
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    CBS pre-game interview
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    Opening sequence confessional, about the corporate world preparing her for Survivor
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    Masaya arrives, Day 1
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    White Collars
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    Day 1 introductions in camp
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    Listening to So: 'Honest had like... a caveat'
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    Yeah... not buying that
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    Making an alliance with Shirin
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    Trying to make fire, with Max
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    This tree looks promising...
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    Yes!
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    Reading the idol instructions
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    Admiring her find, Day 2
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 RC/IC
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    Not-yet-hitting the hay
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    Watching Joaquin fiddle with the locks
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    Watching So untying knots
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    Watching Shirin struggle with the puzzle
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    Now hoping Max can catch up
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    Signs point to no
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    Telling Tyler she has the idol
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    Masaya, Ep1 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Learning So is also part of a four-person alliance
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    Voting out So, Ep1
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    Totally not watching Max walk around naked, Ep2
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    Trying to avoid the blur
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Cheering as Joaquin sinks a shot
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    White Collar wins immunity!
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    Celebratory squeezing
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    Happily accepting the idol
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    Listening to Shirin describe monkey sex, Ep3
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    What? Why?
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    Seeing No Collars arrive without Vince, pre-Ep3 RC/IC
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    Trying to catch up with Blue Collar
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    Hooray, second place!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 RC
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    Yay, White Collar gets eggs
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    Complaining about Max, and possibly having to sit out the next IC
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    Masaya discusses who will sit out, Ep4 IC
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    Happily accepting the second-place trophy
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    Pre-swap lineup, Ep5
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    New Nagarote, Ep5 swap
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    Starting line, Ep5 RC
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    Delighted to still be with Max and Shirin
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    Arriving at the new camp
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    Good times
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 IC
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    Watching Max and Shirin try to catch up
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    Another Nagarote loss
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    Politely listening to Shirin's plans
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    Flipping on Max and Shirin, Ep5
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    Nagarote Ep5 Tribal Council
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    Bored by Max talking about One World
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    Not a fan of Max's Hold Up, Bro reference
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    Nope, not planning to re-align with Shirin, early Ep6
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 RC
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    Cheering a successful shot by Jenn
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    New Nagarote wins reward!
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    More celebrating
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    Reward feasting
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    More eating
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 IC
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    Facing off against Rodney
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    Winning her match vs. Rodney
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    Nagarote wins immunity!
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    Nagarote arrives, Ep7 merge
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    Listening to the official merge treemail
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    Black buffs! How original!
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    Merge feasting
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    Talking about the merge
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    More eating
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    Liking the sound of Rodney and Will's alliance
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    Also including Kelly (not shown)
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep7 IC
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    Still going...
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    Down to Carolyn vs. Joe
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    ...and done. Second place.
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    Merica, Ep7 Tribal Council
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    With the other former White Collars
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 RC
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    Watching the final puzzle stage
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    Hoping Joe picks her to tag along (he does)
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    Happy about the ziplining and reward feast
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    Cheers
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    Nothing to see here, move along
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 IC
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    Back at camp, discussing boot options in the wake of Joe's IC win
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    Merica, Ep8 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Mike
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 RC
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    Watching Jenn trying to retrieve rings
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    Now watching Joe
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 IC
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    ...and done
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    Watching as Tyler wins
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    Heading to Tribal
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    Merica, Ep9 Tribal Council
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    Watching Mike play Joe's fake idol
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    Ready to go, Ep10 auction
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    Listening to Shirin explain that all letters can be bought for the highest bid price
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    All in for the advantage rock draw
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    Shirin raises her hand to oppose Will
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    Already trying to catch up to Mike, Ep10 IC
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    Watching Mike accept his necklace
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    Merica, Ep10 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Rodney yell at Mike
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    So long, Jenn
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 RC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Liking the sound of the reward
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    Making slow and steady progress
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    Getting closer
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    Almost there...
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    Red team wins!
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    Ready for some cheeseburgers
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    Celebrating the win, shipboard
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    They can haz cheeseburger
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    Helping keep Dan turned against Mike
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 IC
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    *Two* immunity necklaces?
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    Starting line
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    So far so good
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    Holding on
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    Down to Carolyn vs. Shirin
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    Carolyn wins immunity!
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    Getting a necklace
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    Safe at Tribal Council tonight
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    Happy to have immunity
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    Synchronized necklacing
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    Merica, Ep11 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Tyler
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    Listening to Mike flaunt his idol
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    Sorry, Shirin, he's not playing it tonight
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    Returning to camp, early Ep12
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    Discussing who voted for Dan
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    Reading the Ep12 RC treemail
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep12 RC
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    Red team, ready to go
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    Working the ladder puzzle
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    Watching Mike work the catapult
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    Red team wins!
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    Not swapping out for Rodney, sorry
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    Eating at the orphanage
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    Best reward ever
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    Enjoying a show
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    Not offering her idol to Tyler at this juncture
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep12 IC
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    Starting line
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    Ep12 IC, now in progress
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    Holding on
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    Down to three
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    Carolyn wins immunity!
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    Getting necklaced again
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    Yay, immunity
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    Proposing a vote split
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    Don't worry, Tyler. What could go wrong?
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    Necklacing up, heading to Tribal
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    Merica, Ep12 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Mike
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    Watching Mike celebrate his successful idol play
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    Consulting with Mike, early Ep13
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    Telling Mike how Dan's advantage works
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep13 RC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Red team, starting line
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    Opening the gate
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    Starting work on the puzzle
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    Still going
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    *Sigh*
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    Finally got it!
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    Nope, not swapping out for Rodney this time, either
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    Getting delivered to the feast location by helicopter
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    Cheers!
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    Reading the Ep13 IC treemail
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep13 IC
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    Starting line
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    Still trying to collect the bags
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    Yay, Mike won again
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    Mike points out that Dan & Rodney are napping, not scrambling, so one of Carolyn/Sierra is the target
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    Mike makes a good point
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    Merica, Ep13 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Listening to Sierra
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    Finally playing her idol, to thwart Dan's advantage
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    Playing it for myself, Jeff
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    Does not count...
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    Yes!
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    Pleased that it worked, early Ep14
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    Hey, you guys all voted for me. What's up with that?
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep14 RC
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    The loved ones are here!
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    With her husband, Joel
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    Starting line, Ep14 RC
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    Sliding tiles
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    Mike already has a lead
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    Getting the tiles to the puzzle table
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    Still moving the tiles as Mike wins
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    One last hug
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Final 5 IC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Not liking the sound of being blindfolded
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    Ready to go
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    Starting line
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    Collecting a medallion
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    ...and Mike wins again
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    Great. Mike won.
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    Talking to Mike and Sierra
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    Final five Tribal Council
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    Listening to Will
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Final Four IC
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    Starting line
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    Reached the top, first time up
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    Traversing the obstacle to collect a bag
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    So. Many. Stairs.
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    Made it close, but Mike wins again
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    Kicking the stupid bag
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    Hugs
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    Learning that Mike wants to force a 2-2 tie
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    Time to practice making fire
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    Final four Tribal Council
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    Ready to break a tie. Or a flint. Whichever comes first.
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    *Sigh*
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    *Deeper sigh*
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    Ah, that's more like it
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    Slow and steady, again
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    Phew!
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    That's too bad, Rodney
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    More hugs
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    Looking back on her game, Day 39
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    Morning 39 breakfast feast
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    Cheers!
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    Food!
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    Heading out to the final Tribal Council
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    This is it
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    What moves did I make? Tyler and Dan.
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    Watching Mike apologize to Dan
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    Getting a jury vote from Sierra
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    Final three and jury, reassembled for the reunion
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    Waiting for Probst to reveal the votes
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    Mike wins one last time
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    Full cast, reunion show
Carolyn Rivera - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at MoreWhatnot.com (2/9/15): "Carolyn - 'I'm Used to Being the Boss'"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/21/15): "Worlds Apart Winner and Final Five Exit Interviews"
  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/21/15): "Carolyn talks about her rough night and Second Chance snub"
  • Gordon Holmes at MoreWhatnot.com (5/22/15): "Survivor Finalists Carolyn and Will on Dan's Edit, Mike's Choice and Shirin"
  • Steve Helling at People.com (5/22/15): "The Survivor: Worlds Apart Runners-Up Tell All: 'We Were So Close!'"
  • Josh Wigler at Parade.com (5/26/15): "Carolyn Rivera Reveals Why She Was 'Shocked' by the Survivor: Worlds Apart Finale"
Carolyn Rivera - Bio
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From her official CBS Survivor: Worlds Apart cast bio page:

"Personal Claim to Fame: Maintaining a 36-year relationship with my husband, raising three successful kids, and getting my master’s degree while working full-time. I have also been able to mentor others and guide them to complete their education.

Inspiration in Life: Hilary Clinton- I think she represents women well. She is strong and she fights for good causes. She handled adversity well and was able to keep her family together through difficult times. She is a role model, strong willed, highly competitive, inspiring, influential and assertive. She is the ultimate survivor!

Hobbies: Sports, karaoke and shopping.

What is your favorite sport? Softball would be my favorite. I played in college and throughout my adult life. I also love volleyball and soccer. I work out every day and love to challenge myself by doing Tough Mudders.

Pet Peeves: I hate to be lied to (so this should be interesting on Survivor). Do what you say you are going to do. If something is wrong, you need to tell me because I can’t read your mind. Don’t ask the question if you are not ready for the answer!

3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny and passionate.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. An iPod with 39 days of battery life. I listen to music to get pumped up before sporting events. 2. Warm clothes because I hate being cold. 3. Picture of my family because I know I would be thinking of them throughout my adventure. (See? New Yorkers do have a sweet side!)

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I want to play like Sandra because she is two for two. I also loved Denise because she was smart, in good shape and used her psychology background to help her. She was able to hang with Malcolm and the older crowd. I am going to play like that.

Reason for Being on Survivor: My primary motivation for being on Survivor is for the adventure of a lifetime! It is my dream. Every time I watch an episode I picture myself in the situation and I know I can win. I am also motivated by money so the prize is very attractive. And then I will have a new favorite topic for dinner conversations!

Why You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I got the athletic game, no problem. I do not take crap from people (yeah, New Yorker). I have a positive attitude, I’m very enthusiastic and I can influence people. I have worked with all kinds of people at all levels and cultures. I am certified in Myers Briggs and I teach leadership skills. I am also funny so people will gravitate to me (as long as you don’t piss me off!).

Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: Survivor is about 3 things. You have to be athletic, strategic and build relationships. This game was made for me. I push myself to do things. I am highly competitive and I know how to influence others. But I do need to keep my Queen’s attitude in check. You have to be a leader and know when to make the big move. And look, I am a New Yorker and good TV! A true winner for all!"