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Cole Medders is a contestant from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.

Best remembered for his romance with fellow Soko tribe member Jessica Johnston and successfully winning every challenge up until the merge, thus avoiding Tribal Council, Cole and the other former Soko tribe members found themselves on the bottom after both the original Levu and Yawa tribes formed the Solewa majority alliance. After losing a crucial Immunity Challenge to Lauren Rimmer, Cole was voted out.


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Age: 24
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Current Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
Occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide
Hobbies: Rock climbing, mountaineering, and backpacking.
Pet peeves: I can't stand lazy people who shirk responsibility.
Three words to describe you: Unreserved, dauntless, and flirtatious.
What's your personal claim to fame? I have climbed the two tallest peaks in the Western Hemisphere—Denali and Acacongua.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? Tommy Coldwell—this man is a professional climber who lost his ring finger and has a family. This man has it all just by pursuing his passions. His motto is "no excuses."
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Weights to work out every day, a giant box of Legos for endless possibilities of fun, and a beach volleyball set because I could destroy everyone at it.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Spencer from Season 28. He came across as a nerd or just a little awkward but he ended up being really dominant in challenges and in the mental/social game and that's how I see myself.
What's your reason for being on Survivor? Of course the money would be incredible but I honestly think having the title of Sole Survivor is the ultimate accomplishment for an outdoorsman like me.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I have the kind of mental fortitude and strength it takes to survive. I have the kind of fearlessness and problem solving skills it takes and I have the smarts. No one will come close to being as well rounded as I am.[2]


Starting on Soko, Cole formed a showmance with Jessica Johnston, helped Joe Mena find a Hidden Immunity Idol, and exposed his idol. Soko won the first three Immunity Challenges. He, along with Jessica and Mike Zahalsky, were switched to Yawa when the tribe switch occurred. On Yawa, Jessica told him and Mike that she got the Vote Blocker advantage, which he told to outsiders Lauren Rimmer and Ben Driebergen. He also annoyed his tribemates, particularly Ben and Lauren with his eating habits, and briefly fainted. Yawa won the remaining challenges.

Cole reached the merge where he along with the other former Soko members formed the Soko Alliance. He joined his alliance in voting for Chrissy Hofbeck at the first merged Tribal Council, but Jessica was blindsided, shocking Cole. On Day 20, Ryan Ulrich found an idol before asking Chrissy to cover up his tracks, but Cole, unaware that Ryan already found it, dashed in to ambush Chrissy before most of the tribe joined them. Cole managed to win the next Immunity Challenge. On Day 24, he narrowly lost immunity to Lauren. At Tribal Council, he voted for Ben, but he was voted out.

At the Final Tribal Council, Cole accused Ben of painting him as a thief and told him to prove him wrong, asked Chrissy how she formed relationships with people and accused Ryan of not doing work around camp. He voted for Ben who won in a 5-2-1 vote.

Voting History

Cole's Voting History
Episode Cole's
Voted Against
1 Soko Tribe Immune
2 Soko Tribe Immune
3 Soko Tribe Immune
4 Yawa Tribe Immune
5 Yawa Tribe Immune
6 Yawa Tribe Immune
7 Chrissy -
8 Joe;
Individual Immunity
9 Ben Ashley, Ben, Devon,
Joe, Lauren, Mike, Ryan
Voted Out, Day 24
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Playing with the Devil", the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Desi and Joe, forcing a revote. Cole changed his vote to Desi on the revote.


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