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Claire Rafson is a contestant from Survivor 44.

After Claire sat out of three consecutive Immunity Challenges, her tribe lost faith in her ability to contribute and came together to unanimously vote her out at their first Tribal Council.


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Age: 25
Hometown: Highland Park, Ill.
Current Residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: Tech Investor
3 Words to Describe You: Energetic, motivated, cunning
Why do you want to be part of SURVIVOR? SURVIVOR has been my dream since I was four years old. SURVIVOR has been the most consistent and motivating thing for me and changed the way I approach the world. I've been playing SURVIVOR my whole life…why not try it in the ultimate arena?
What's one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? Growing up as a queer black Jewish woman, I have always been the odd one out. I feel like I've been playing a social/strategic game of SURVIVOR my whole life to fit in, succeed, and reach my goals.
Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? I identify most with Michele Fitzgerald. I love her social game and how she used people's perceptions of her against them. I think I'll play most like Natalie Anderson in Blood Vs. Water – she doesn't take bulls*&! from anyone and knew how and when to make a move.
What will you value in an alliance partner? Loyalty over everything! I'd also love someone who appears to be a bigger threat so I can use them as a shield / puppet without them realizing.
Favorite Hobbies: Eating, drinking, and sleeping. I also love traveling and going to concerts and music festivals…anything to make me feel alive.
Pet Peeves: People who lack self-awareness. Honestly you can do whatever you want as long as you recognize it and own it.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? When COVID hit my first year out of college, I led my office in a fundraiser to raise $150k in two weeks for the NYC community.
What is something we would never know from looking at you? I listen to the Hunger Games audiobook every night to fall asleep. I'm also the biggest musical nerd.
Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? My mom! She is the most selfless, patient, and loving person I know. She is the embodiment of a survivor and has seized every opportunity to give me and my siblings a better life. I could go on for pages, I love that woman!
Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I'll do whatever it takes to win. I've got the strategic knowledge and social skills to get me where I need to go. I'm also easy to underestimate. These people won't see me coming til my knife is in their back.[2]


Claire began the game as a member of the Soka tribe. Due to the tribe's numerical advantage over their rivals, Claire was sat out of the first three Immunity Challenges of the season, which Jeff Probst made note of. For her lack of contributions in the challenges and around camp, the majority of Soka agreed to vote out Claire after they finally lost immunity on Day 7. With Claire and Frannie Marin unable to flip the vote onto the untrustworthy Josh Wilder, Claire was voted out unanimously after her Shot in the Dark failed.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Soka Crate Wide Open Reward No Won
Paradise Lost Immunity Yes 1st
2 A Bridge You Must Cross Reward/Immunity Yes 2nd
3 Box Car Blues Reward/Immunity Yes Lost
Voted Out, Day 7

Episode Claire's
Voted Against
1 Soka Tribe Immune
2 Soka Tribe Immune
3 Ineligible1 Danny, Frannie,
Heidi, Josh
Voted Out, Day 7

^1 In "Sneaky Little Snake", Claire used her Shot in the Dark die, making her ineligible to vote at Tribal Council.


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