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Chet Welch is a contestant from Survivor: Micronesia.

Chet performed poorly in several challenges and was on the outs of the original Airai tribe along with Tracy Hughes-Wolf and Kathy Sleckman due to their age. However, a chain of events kept him in the game and Chet managed to make it to the Tribe Switch, and even participated in several early game blindsides. However, he was seen as too big of a liability, and combined with the threat of being medically evacuated from the game due to a piece of coral lodged in his foot and asking to be voted out, Chet was eliminated on Day 17.


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Chet Welch currently works in customer service for a pharmacy that supplies nursing homes and hospitals with resident-specific medications. He has been in the pharmacy business for 20 years. After finishing high school, he attended college classes in business and music.

Welch has lived in Ford City, Pennsylvania, in the same house his entire life, but has traveled throughout the United States. He enjoys swimming, hiking, kayaking, dancing and yoga. Welch describes himself as magical, determined and unknowing. He is most proud of having coached 11 Miss Pennsylvania pageant contenders to win the title (he is a pageant coach for Miss America in his spare time). He believes the fact that he is fit, intelligent, crafty and street/country smart will help him go far on Survivor.

Welch continues to live in Ford City, Pennsylvania, with his significant other, Bob. Having rescued animals for 40 years, he currently houses his three dogs (Forrester, Chance and Savanna), along with 15 sheep, 75 ducks and three cats. His birth date is October 22, 1959.[1]


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Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Airai First to Shore Immunity1 Lost
Reinventing the Wheel Reward/Immunity No Won
2 Smash and Grab Reward/Immunity No Lost
3 Beach Bash Reward No Lost
Nut Bucket Immunity No Won
4 Diver Down Reward Yes Lost
Crosswalk Immunity No Lost
Switched Tribes, Day 13
5 Malakal Cat and Mouse Reward No Lost
A Stone's Throw Immunity No Lost
6 Build It Up, Break It Down Reward No Lost
United We Stand Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 17
^1 This challenge was played for individual immunity at each tribe's first Tribal Council.

Episode Chet's
Voted Against
1 Airai Tribe Immune
2 Mary Jason, Mikey B.
3 Airai Tribe Immune
4 Mikey B.;
Alexis, Erik, Jason, Mikey B.;
Alexis, Jason1
5 Joel Erik, Joel
6 Erik Amanda, Ami,
Cirie, Erik, Ozzy
Voted Out, Day 17

^1 In "That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Chet and Mikey B., forcing a revote. On the revote, Chet did not receive enough votes to be eliminated.


  • On January 9, 2010, Chet attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.[2]


  • Chet is the oldest member of the original Airai tribe.
  • Chet received votes against him at every Tribal Council he attended.
  • Chet asked his tribemates to vote him out. It is speculated that this was because he was soon going to be medically evacuated due to having a piece of coral lodged in his foot, which Chet claimed happened during the Day 7 Reward Challenge,[3] and that if he had not been voted out, Malakal would have lost two members.
  • Chet received the most votes against him out of any contestant in Micronesia, with 12.
  • Kathy Sleckman stated that Chet was recruited to compete on Survivor.[4]
  • Chet is the first person to be voted out on Day 17.


Survivor: Micronesia Castaways
S16 alexis t
S16 amanda t
S16 ami t
S16 chet t
S16 cirie t
S16 eliza t
S16 erik t
S16 james t
S16 jason t
S16 joel t
S16 jon t
S16 jonathan t
S16 kathy t
S16 mary t
 Mikey B.
S16 mikeyb t
S16 natalie t
S16 ozzy t
S16 parvati t
S16 tracy t
S16 yauman t