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Angelina Cardona Keeley[2] is the runner-up of Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

Angelina started the game in a comfortable position on the original Goliath tribe with a plan to rely on her powers of persuasion. However, her game steadily deteriorated following the Day 10 Tribe Switch, being seen as unsubtle and self-unaware. While she would eventually make it to the Final Tribal Council, her game was perceived as melodramatic and disingenuous by the jury, which garnered her no votes to win.

Profile

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Age: 28
Hometown: Sparks, Nevada
Current residence: San Clemente, California
Occupation: Financial Consultant
Hobbies: Traveling the world, trying new things, political activism, hosting margarita nights, dancing, workout classes, anything involving French bulldogs, and starting my non-profit Ready to Run, which encourages, empowers, and equips middle school and high school aged girls to run for student government positions in their schools.
Pet peeves: Indecisiveness, when people don't vote, and when people don't like dogs.
Three words to describe you: Intuitive, persuasive, and loving.
What's your personal claim to fame? I was elected to serve over 15,000+ students at Stanford University as Student Body President, and I was the first Latina to hold the position.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My parents. They have both worked incredibly hard for everything they have and to make a good life for us kids. Because of them, and their never-ending love and support and belief in me, I have been able to accomplish everything I've ever set my mind to.
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? A copy of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise," a poem that sums up my mindset for life and Survivor. A radio so I could listen to the news every day. Not knowing what's going on in the world around me is going to be one of the hardest parts of the game for me. And make-up. I'm not going to front, I wear it every day.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Natalie Anderson for her intellect, sense of timing and character. Parvati for her charm, social awareness and cunningness. And both women for their warrior spirits and overall badassness.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? Survivor is the ultimate challenge of grit, savviness, and strategy. As a naturally competitive person, I want to test myself, my abilities and my limits. As a military spouse, I believe we are most of the strongest and most adaptable people.

I want to win because my husband will head out on his second deployment this year, and I want to be a source of strength and inspiration for other military families who have endured long months and years away from their soldier. Also, winning a million dollars is obviously a huge motivation—like many Americans I have a lot of student debt from school, and being able to pay that off would be a game changer.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I have always been an extremely optimistic and positive person, I always see the best in everything/everyone and make the most out of even the hardest situations. Even though I'm not super outdoorsy, I'm a quick learner and always down to try something new.

I'm also scrappy, adaptable, smart, fun, and determined as hell. Most importantly though, my love for people, empathy, and emotional awareness are what I credit for much of what I've accomplished in my 28 years of life. I'm able to get along with anyone, and people tend to trust me.

Lastly, I'm not afraid to take risks and play hard. I will use all of these skills, at the right time with the right people, in order to make it all the way to the end.[3]

Survivor

Angelina's success as a financial consultant procured her a spot on the Goliath tribe. Out of the gate, she believed she had something to prove as she attempted to find a Hidden Immunity Idol, citing the fact that up to that point, only 15% of idols had been found by female contestants. Despite failing in this endeavor, she persevered and later joined an all-female trio also consisting of Kara Kay and Natalia Azoqa. The trio pulled in Alec Merlino, idol holder Dan Rengering, and John Hennigan, who was Angelina's closest ally. Goliath won the first two Immunity Challenges and abstained from Tribal Council. However, Goliath lost the third Immunity Challenge. Following this, Angelina campaigned heavily against Jeremy Crawford for the potential threat he might pose in the face of a Tribe Switch. Despite the tribe wanting to dispose of Natalie Cole, whom most of them saw as irksome and abrasive, Angelina got her way and Jeremy was voted out unanimously.

Angelina made it to the Tribe Switch, where she found herself on the Jabeni tribe. While Jabeni appeared to be the least physically capable tribe, Angelina led it to a victory in the first post-switch Immunity Challenge. However, their luck ran out at the next Immunity Challenge, which the tribe narrowly lost. While the former Davids Lyrsa Torres and Nick Wilson desperately lobbied for Natalie's ouster, Angelina wanted to remain Goliath strong by disposing of Lyrsa. Seizing the opportunity, Angelina asked Natalie to help her secure Lyrsa's, and then Nick's, jacket to help herself through the cold weather. This endeavor failed and instead soured the tribe further against Natalie, who was blindsided 3-2 at the next Tribal Council. However, before Natalie could leave, Angelina infamously begged for her jacket, but to no avail. Having exposed herself as manipulative, the Jabeni tribe, including her former Goliath Mike White, started to turn against her. Jabeni lost the next Immunity Challenge in a massive blowout. Fortunately for Angelina, she and Mike managed to convince Nick to side with them to blindside Lyrsa, 3-1.

On Day 18, Angelina entered the merge. The Goliath numbers were up against the Davids, 7-6. At first, Angelina campaigned against Christian Hubicki, who she saw as a major social threat. However, members of her alliance, particularly Alec and Dan, managed to switch the vote onto Elizabeth Olson. This upset Angelina, who did not like that the plan was changed without her input. Angelina decided to inform Elizabeth of her impending elimination, framing it as a "human moment". Later at Tribal Council, Elizabeth outed Angelina for leaking this information in a last-ditch attempt to get the target off herself. While Elizabeth was unanimously voted out anyway, the Goliath Alliance began to sour on and lose faith in Angelina. Nonetheless, the alliance included her as a number and kept her in the loop at the next elimination, where they planned to dispose of Christian. Things went awry at the next Tribal Council when the David Alliance used an idol to save Christian. Angelina begged Dan to give her his idol, which he did, but John Hennigan was blindsided due to the David Alliance splitting their votes. This streak of bad luck continued to the next Tribal Council, where Dan was blindsided when his idol was nullified. Angelina was upset to see that Alec and Kara had voted against her for a "contingency plan", and as a result, she effectively defected from the Goliaths and changed allegiances to the David Alliance.

At the final ten, Angelina decided to join the David Alliance in voting against Alec, a physical threat. By the final nine, Angelina had deeply ingrained herself into the David Alliance, seemingly taking the position that had formerly been held by Gabby Pascuzzi. Angelina also noticed that the tribe's rice supply had depleted to the point that it would not feed them until Day 39. At the Immunity Challenge, Angelina infamously negotiated for rice; she was successful in the trade, which involved her giving up her shot at immunity. Later at Tribal Council, Angelina was blindsided when Carl was eliminated, a move that had been orchestrated by Gabby. The following day, the Loved Ones Challenge took place. Angelina won her first Reward Challenge, and she, along with her co-winner Nick, decided to enjoy the loved ones' visit with Davie Rickenbacker and Mike. The foursome agreed to a final four alliance, but Davie held his reservations. After the reward, Angelina discovered that Gabby had been plotting against Christian. The tribe was largely unified in this plan, but Angelina and Mike voted against Gabby as a contingency plan in the event that Christian played his idol, which he did, resulting in Gabby's blindside. This was later followed by Christian's elimination.

On Day 36, Angelina went on an idol hunt. She found a clue as well as its accompanying ladder, but went on to drop the clue. Later, she, as well as Mike, was picked by Nick to join him on his reward. During this time, Angelina consolidated their alliance, and the trio worked together to find Angelina's idol, which she kept for herself. Despite promising Nick that she would get rid of Alison Raybould, Angelina decided to vote Davie out, leaving Nick as the sole David remaining. On Day 37, Angelina decided to engineer a convoluted plan in an attempt to pander to the jury. She also crafted a fake idol which she left for Alison to find, hoping to embarrass her long-time rival. The tribe saw through her plan, but Alison remained the unanimous boot as she left, 4-1. On Day 38, Nick selected Angelina to join him in the Final Three without competing in the fire-making challenge.

During Final Tribal Council, Angelina once again rehashed the fact that she gave up her shot at immunity in exchange for rice; this irked the jury. However, Angelina received praise for her role as a strong female contender. Nonetheless, the jury disapproved of her transparent, sometimes malicious, gameplay, citing her attempt to embarrass Alison at the final five as an example. In the end, Angelina failed to win any jury votes and emerged as the second runner-up.

Voting History

Angelina's Voting History
Episode Angelina's
Votes
Voted Against
Angelina
1 Goliath Tribe Immune
2 Goliath Tribe Immune
3 Jeremy -
4 Jabeni Tribe Immune
5 Lyrsa -
6 Lyrsa Lyrsa
7 Elizabeth Elizabeth
8 Christian1 Carl, Gabby1
9 Christian Alec, Kara
10 Alec -
Alison -
11 Gabby -
12 Christian -
13 Davie -
Alison -2
Jury Votes
for Angelina
-
Second Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In You Get What You Give, Dan used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Angelina, negating 2 votes against her. Also, Davie used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Christian, negating Angelina's vote against him.
^2 In With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, Angelina used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against her.

Post-Survivor

  • Angelina has left her job as a financial consultant and is now working full-time on her nonprofit organization, "Ready to Run."[4]

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