Tyson Apostol - Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
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Seasons: 4 | Days: 116.5 | Wins: 1 | Jury: 2

Survivor: Tocantins (2009) - 8th place, 9th out - 2nd juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 9, "It's Funny When People Cry" (Day 27).

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (2010) - 15th place, 6th out.

  • Idoled out in Episode 6, "Banana Etiquette" (Day 15).

Survivor: Blood vs. Water (2011) - Winner, 7-1-0.

  • Received seven votes to win, 7-1-0, in Episode 14, "It's My Night" (Day 39).

Survivor: Winners at War (2020) - 11th place, 12th out - 9th juror.

  • Voted out in Episode 4, "I Like Revenge" (Day 11).
  • Returned to the game in Episode 9, "This is Where the Battle Begins" (Day 19).
  • Voted out again in Episode 10, "The Full Circle" (Day 25).
  • Cumulative time: In-game - 17 days; Edge of Extinction - 18 days.

Tyson Apostol - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S18: Tocantins 3.11 5.24 0.59 2 5 4 0.46 1.56 - - - 1.05 4.66
S20: Heroes vs. Villains 0.66 2.03 0.33 1 3 2 0.42 2.00 - - - 0.75 2.66
S27: Blood vs. Water 2.91 10.11 0.29 9 2 11 0.82 3.82 7 8 0.875 1.98 11.98
S40: Winners at War 1.34 5.79 0.23 3 12 5 0.55 1.05 - - - 0.78 2.39
Career 8.02 23.30 0.34 15 22 22 0.68 2.61 7 8 0.875 1.24 5.93
Tyson Apostol - Challenge record
  • S18 logo Tocantins challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Sandstone Shootout - Ep6 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-12)

    • Tocantins Ep.1 RC/IC: "A River, Run Through It" - Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.2 RC/IC: "Beach Brawl" - Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.3 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Timbira doesn't even come close.
    • Tocantins Ep.3 IC: "A Crate Idea" - Timbira loses again.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 RC: "Shoulder the Load" - Holds weight for Timbira, drops at 140 lbs; Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.4 IC: "Try Any Angle" - Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 RC: "Dizness as Usual" - Scores Timbira's only point. Unsurprisingly, Timbira loses.
    • Tocantins Ep.5 IC: "Water Mortar!" - Makes the final three catches to propel a Timbira win (5-4, as shown).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 RC: "When Pigs Fly" - Catches and throws, Timbira wins (in last 10 seconds, 14-13).
    • Tocantins Ep.6 IC: "Sandstone Shootout" - Tyson out-slingshots JT, and Timbira wins.
    • Tocantins Ep.8 RC: "Rock Block" - Tyson's team finishes third out of the three teams.
    • Tocantins Ep.9 RC: "Swiss Cheese Please" - with Debbie, Erinn, and JT, part of the winning team.


    Rope-A-Dope - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-3): (Mean % finish: 92%)

    • Tocantins Ep.7 IC: "Get A Grip" - Tyson wins (1st/10).
    • Tocantins Ep.8 IC: "Rope-A-Dope" -Tyson wins again (1st/9).
    • Tocantins Ep.9 IC: "Tocantins Shuffle" -Tyson leads with two shots left, but is knocked out by Sierra, who is in turn knocked out by Debbie (3rd/8).


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

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

    Lock and Load, Light - Ep1 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-8; 1 sit-out):

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 RC: "Battle Dig" - Paired with Rob against James & Rupert, unable to stop James; Villains lose.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.1 IC: "Lock & Load, Light" - Rows for Villains, lights final wok, and Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.2 RC/IC: "A Crate Idea" - Rolls a crate with Sandra, then Boston Rob; Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.3 RC/IC: "Sumo'an Mud" - Beaten by JT, and Villains lose big, 8-0.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 RC: "Slip, Slide & Score" - Beats Colby for the final point, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.4 IC: "Roll With It" - Blindfolded, rolls Rob in the ball, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 RC: "Schmergen Brawl" - Scores one of two Villains points, Villains win.
    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep.5 IC: "Blind Cube Crisis" - Sits out with Danielle, but the Villains still win.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 89%)

    • Heroes vs. Villains Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Rope-A-Dope" - Narrowly loses to Boston Rob (2nd/9).


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

    • None.
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    In the Barrel - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-7):

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Swims and row for Galang, and Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 2 RC/IC: "In The Barrel" - One of three barrel rollers for Galang; Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo at Sea" - Loses to Hayden and injures his shoulder, but Galang wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Boats, Brains and Brawn" - Paddles AND does the puzzle for Galang, all with one arm; Galang wins again.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Slide Show" - Beats Hayden, but loses to Caleb, and Galang finally loses one.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Buoy Oh Buoy" - Now with New Tadhana, dives & does puzzle with Aras. Tadhana wins.
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Chain Reaction" - Throws bolos for Tadhana, and Tadhana wins again, 3-2.


    A Bit Tipsy - F5 IC

    Individual challenge record (2-for-9; 1 sit-out): (Mean % finish: 64%)

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 8 IC: "Flash Back" - With Tina, eliminated on the fourth item shown (tie-7th/11).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 10 IC: "Pesky Palate" - Makes it to second round, but no further (tie-4th/10).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 9 IC: "Balancing Point" - Eliminated seconds before Hayden (3rd/9).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 10 RC/IC: "Splash Back" - Eventually drops out after Laura Morett falls (2nd/8).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 11 IC: "Wrist Assured" - Does not compete, opts to eat instead (tie-7th/7).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 12 RC/IC: "Ram-Ball On" - Finishes third (3rd/6).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 13 RC/IC: "Pulled Up" - Has an early lead, but doesn't win (bottom 4/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 5 IC: "A Bit Tipsy" - Tyson wins! (1st/5).
    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 14 Final 4 IC: "Rise To It" - Tyson wins again (1st/4).


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

    • None.
  • S40 logo Winners at War challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Water Slaughter - Ep1 F20 IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-6):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F20 IC: "Water Slaughter" - With Yul, scores the first point; Dakal wins, 3-1.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 1 F19 IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Tosses rings with Wendell; Dakal blows a lead, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Assembles, hauls and dismantles the cart; Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Along the Watch Tower" - Crosses obstacles, digs and carries ladder, and Dakal wins.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Swims and tows the boat, but Dakal blows the puzzle, loses.
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 RC: "New School" - Swims and carries the net for the losing red team.


    Back in the Saddle - Ep8 IC

    Individual challenge record (1-for-5): (Mean % finish: 58.9%)

    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 RC: "Back in the Saddle" - Second to the snake maze, but Tyson wins, re-enters game (1st/8).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 8 IC: "Get a Grip" - Second man to drop out (6th/7).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 9 IC: "Bermuda Triangles" - Third person out, shortly into the second stage (9th/11).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 10 IC: "Got a Hunch" - One of nine people to not win (tie-2nd/10).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 14 EoE RC: "Don't Call It a Comeback" - Places one of two balls, does not win (tie-2nd/13).


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

    • Winners at War: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 20
    Played: 33
    Win%: 0.61
    Sat out: 1
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 5
    Played: 18
    Sat out: 1
    Win%: 0.28
    Mean% Finish: 68.4%
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Tyson Apostol - Tribal Council record
  • S18 logo Tocantins Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Tocantins: None.


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


    VAP - Votes against (5):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 9: Five votes, from JT, Stephen, Erinn, Taj, and Sierra (voted out, 5-3).


    Jury votes made (1/1):

    • Tocantins, Ep. 13: Voted for J.T. Thomas (who won, 7-0).
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (1/2):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 3: Randy Bailey (voted out, 9-1).


    VAP - Votes against (3):

    • Heroes vs. Villains, Ep. 6: Three votes, from Parvati, Russell, and Danielle (idoled out, [0]-3-2).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Heroes vs. Villains: None.
  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Final three

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

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 8: With the merge upon him, Tyson acts on the clues Hayden & Caleb gave him post-switch, and digs up the idol fairly quickly.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 11: Tyson plays the idol, although nobody voted against him.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 12: Now using Ciera's clue, finds the new idol, hours after playing the last one.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Hands his idol to Gervase, who plays it, voiding two votes against him.


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

    • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5: Laura Morett (voted out, 7-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 8: Aras Baskauskas (voted out, 7-2-2).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (Final 10 vote): Vytas Baskauskas (voted out, 8-1-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (Final 9 vote): Tina Wesson (voted out, 7-1-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 10: Laura Morett (voted out again, 7-1).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 11: Caleb Bankston (voted out, 4-3).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 13: Hayden Moss (voted out, 3-2).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F5 vote): Ciera Eastin (voted out, 3-[0]).
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14 (F4 vote): Tina Wesson (voted out again, 3-1).


    VAP - Votes against (2):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (F10 vote): One vote, from Vytas.
    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 9 (F9 vote): One vote, from Tina.


    Jury votes received (7/8):

    • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Received 7 jury votes, from Aras Baskauskas, Caleb Bankston, Katie Collins, Hayden Moss, Laura Morett, Ciera Eastin, and Tina Wesson (and won, 7-1-0).
  • S40 logo Winners at War Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep9 Tribal

    Idols/advantages held/played (0/0):

    • Winners at War: None yet.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/5):


    VAP - Votes against (12):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 4: Seven votes, from Kim, Sandra, Sarah, Sophie, Tony, Wendell, and Yul (voted out, 7-1-1).
    • Winners at War, Ep. 10: Five votes, from Ben, Michele, Nick, Sarah, and Tony (voted out, 5-2-[0]).


    Jury votes made (0/1):

    • Winners at War, Ep. 14: Voted for Natalie Anderson, who finished second, 12-4-0.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 2
    Played: 1
    Votes voided: 2
  • Voting record
    VFB: 15
    Tribals: 22
    VAP: 22
  • Jury votes
    Made: 2
    For winners: 1
    Received: 7
    Total jurors: 8
Tyson Apostol - Pictures
  • S18 logo Tocantins image gallery
  • S20 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S27 logo Heroes vs. Villains image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S40 logo Winners at War pictures (click to expand/collapse)
Tyson Apostol - Interviews
Tyson Apostol - Bios
  • S18 logo Tocantins bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: Tocantins bio page (1/27/09):


    "Witty, charming and arrogant is how Tyson Apostol describes himself. This former pro-cyclist and swimmer believes that his natural athleticism, combined with his 'life of the party' personality, will get him far in he game. His favorite movie is 'The Jerk' and that’s how some people just might describe him.


    He compares his game strategy to that of some of the most entertaining castaways to ever play the game. Much like them, he is willing to do almost anything to win one million dollars, including implementing the use of lies and deceit to feed off the 'emotional weakness' of the other castaways. A Brigham Young University drop-out, he is actually very well traveled and skilled in street smarts, previously spending two years in the Philippines as a Mormon missionary, in addition to six years as a cyclist in Switzerland, Belgium and Austria.


    In many ways Tyson can be brash, egotistical and unapologetic but, oddly enough, he has no tolerance for 'know-it-alls' or individuals who lack common courtesy. In addition to, as he describes it, 'looking awesome,' his favorite hobbies are exercising and sunbathing. If he becomes the next sole Survivor, he plans to use all of the money for selfish purposes, starting with 'the most smoking motorcycle around.'


    Tyson currently resides in Heber City, Utah and his birthday is June 17."


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

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


    "Personal Claim To Fame: “College drop out, ex-pro cyclist, never had a real job... I guess I'm good at quitting.”

    Inspiration in Life: “My parents, without them I could be dead.  I'd at least be homeless and starving.”

    Previous Finishes: Tocantins: 8th out, 2nd Jury Member

    Favorite Past Moment: “My hilarious confessionals.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Most: “Myself.”

    Previous Survivor He Respects Least: “Narrowed down to just one?  That's impossible!”

    Why Did He Come Back? : “Free tropical island getaway, an excuse to not brush my teeth and the potential of a fat pay check... as long as we get paid in diamonds and gold instead of US dollars.”"


  • S27 logo Blood vs. Water bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his (and Rachel's) pre-game interview with EW's Dalton Ross:


    "Hey, Tyson, are you worried about the fact that there are three contestants from Survivor: One World on this season? 'No, they're children,' answers the Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains veteran. 'They're all children. Monica, she's 45 and tries to dress like a 30-year-old. It's ridiculous. It's not going to be hard to turn all three against each other by whispering sweet little lies, and they'll all be at each other's throats.' However several other contestants commented that they weren't sure Tyson's girlfriend Rachel would be able to tough it out in the elements. 'I think she's going to miss the creature comforts of home,' admits Tyson. 'And if you talk about that too much, you become a target.'"


    From his (and Rachel's) official CBS bio page (8/21/13):

    "Relationship to Significant Castaway: Rachel’s Boyfriend

    Previous Season: Survivor: Tocantins – 2nd jury member; Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains – 6th voted out.

    Current Residence: Provo, Utah

    Occupation: Former Pro Cyclist/Shop Manager

    Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? I returned to Survivor to play with my loved one so we could make some sweet cash, have a rad experience and an excuse to take all life’s responsibilities off for a couple months."


  • S40 logo Winners at War bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: Winners at War cast bio page (1/15/20):


    "Hobbies: Dadding, pickleball, mountain biking, and watching TV.


    Pet peeves: Inefficiency, other know-it-alls, and inconsiderateness.


    When did you first watch Survivor?

    When I was familiarizing myself with the game right before the first season I played (Season 18). I haven't missed any episodes other than those on seasons I was on after my vote out, because I'm petty.


    Who is your inspiration in life?

    My daughters. If I could get as excited at anything as they do about a passing airplane or the moon I'd be crushing life.


    As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?

    I'm honestly honored and proud to be a part of such a milestone. I would have been secretly a bit hurt had I not been included even though I'd pretend not to care.


    How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons?

    I think players will be watching for a sarcastic, cutting, almost aggressive personality who steals food. I'll have to make it SEEM like I am none of those or like I have chilled out a bit, because I have... or have I?"