Med Student Wins ‘Survivor: South Pacific’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sophie Clarke slayed the competition on “Survivor: South Pacific.”

The brainy 22-year-old medical student from Willsboro, N.Y., overcame 39-year-old “Survivor” veteran Benjamin “Coach” Wade of Susanville, Calif., and 26-year-old high school baseball coach Albert Destrade of Plantation, Fla., to win the CBS reality competition’s $1 million grand prize Sunday.

Clarke earned six votes from the nine-person jury of former players.

“I think I had my finger on the pulse of the game the whole time,” said Clarke after it was announced she won.

Clarke secured her place among the final three contestants on the 23rd edition of “Survivor” by forging a strong alliance from the outset and winning three individual immunity challenges, including the final physical competition, which ousted from the 39-day survival contest seasoned 30-year-old “Survivor” veteran Oscar “Ozzy” Lusth of Venice, Calif.

Wade, who previously competed on the “Tocantins” and “Heroes vs. Villains” editions, and Lusth, who was featured on the “Cook Islands” and “Micronesia” editions, led opposing tribes at the game’s start, forming strong alliances with new contestants, though Lusth spent most of the game’s second half on Redemption Island battling fellow voted-off castaways.

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  • Brent

    Thanks for saving me the time. I was planning on watching on my DVR and actually trying to enjoy the show. Once again you give away the ending so I don’t need to watch. Would it be so hard to have people click a link instead of the spoiler right on the main page? Thousands of production dollars wasted along with my interest in the show due to some web programmer that likes to spoil it for us. thanks

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