Self-described as a 'stealth bomber', Danni played an under-the-radar game, making strong personal relationships, and infiltrating the Nakúm Alliance. She ultimately defeated veteran player Stephenie LaGrossa in a 6-1 vote to become the Sole Survivor.
Retrieved from CBS.com
Danni Boatwright represented the state of Kansas at the 1992 Miss Teen USA pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was second runner up to the title. She also represented Kansas at the 1996 Miss USA Pageant, where she won all preliminary judging and was first runner up to the title of Miss USA. She was voted one of the "100 Most Beautiful Women."
Boatwright has traveled around the world as an international model in Italy, England, Germany, France, Mexico, South Africa, Australia and Tunisia. At the age of 17, she was chosen to be on "Star Search" as a spokesmodel and contestant. She was the youngest ever chosen to appear on the show in this category. Boatwright has also appeared in numerous television and print advertisements
With all of her accomplishments, Boatwright's passion has been and will always be sports. Having grown up with seven brothers, she developed a keen competitive edge. Boatwright was a high school athlete who competed in basketball, volleyball, cross country and track where, as a freshman, she help set a record in the two mile relay that still stands today. She continues to be active in sports, having just competed in the Nashville "Music City Marathon." Because of her sports background, she is not only interested in the major sports such as NFL Football, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball, but also college sports and such diverse sports as rodeo and track. Most recently, Boatwright hosted "Weekend Wrap," a weekly talk show on 610 Sports.
Boatwright currently resides in Tonganoxie, Kansas. Her birth date is July 13, 1975.
Danni Boatwright was placed on the Nakúm tribe and was given its flag. When it was revealed that Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard were playing a second time, Danni was pleased when Nakúm would get Bobby Jon. After a grueling eleven mile hike, the Nakúm tribe reached the better of the two camps first and won flint as well. Despite that, the tribe's strong men were repeatedly vomiting. This weakness showed in the challenge, which the Yaxhá tribe won. Danni joined in voting out Jim Lynch who was seen as the physically weakest contestant. Nakúm would prove to be the stronger tribe by winning the remaining the challenges and earning the tribe fishing supplies and comfort. During the second Immunity Challenge, Danni was able to identify Gary Hogeboom as a former football player.
On Day 9, both tribes went to a Mayan ruin at what was thought to be a challenge. Instead, Jeff asked both tribes who was most need of nourishment. Danni and Jamie Newton were seen as the hungriest for their respective tribes and both received apples. As the questions continued, both tribes were asked who had the most tribe spirit. Nakúm picked Cindy Hall and Yaxhá picked Brian Corridan. Jeff then announced a tribe switch and that only Brian and Cindy would stay on their respective tribes. Because Nakúm had an extra member, there would be a drawing of buffs to determine who would stay on Nakúm. Danni went first but drew a blue buff, transferring her to Yaxhá. Brooke Struck went next and she would draw the gold buff, meaning that Bobby Jon, Brandon Bellinger, and Blake Towsley would join Danni and Brian on the new Yaxhá. Gary and Amy O'Hara would join them soon after. The group won immunity and the next Reward Challenge, earning them a crocodile-proof swimming pool. During this time, Blake annoyed the group by telling them about his party days. After losing the Immunity Challenge, Brian used this to his advantage and Danni decided to vote out Blake over Brian. At the next challenge, it was revealed that both tribes would go to Tribal Council that night and the tribes would compete in a Reward Challenge for a feast. Despite Yaxhá's best efforts, Nakúm won the feast. At camp the former Nakúms targeted Brian for being the most strategic and successfully voted him off. Yaxhá won the next Reward Challenge for a chocolate feast and even invited Nakúm over for a pool party because it was Danni's birthday. Unfortunately, Yaxhá lost the next immunity and would enter the merge without numbers. The tribe voted out Amy for her injured ankle. After Amy's elimination, Jeff announced that the tribes had merged.
The former Yaxhá tribe walked to the Nakúm camp and woke them up to tell them of the news. The former Nakúms did not warmly welcome Danni and the other Yaxhás. Lydia Morales named the merged tribe Xhakúm. At the first individual Immunity Challenge, the castaways had a choice to eat or complete for immunity. Danni chose to complete along with Bobby Jon, Brandon, Cindy, Gary, and Judd Sergeant. Danni was the first person out. During the challenge, Jamie irritated everyone with his arrogance by telling everyone that Judd and Cindy were there to protect the former Nakúm tribe's numbers advantage. The Yaxhá tried to convince the others to vote out Jamie over Brandon for his arrogance, the fact that Brandon deserved to be in the game more and the Nakúms would still have the numbers. Sadly, The Nakúms held strong and voted off Brandon and then Bobby Jon. Jamie was voted out next for his increasing paranoia. Danni would stay affiliated with Gary, but she kept her options open. He tried to convince the tribe to vote for Judd for being untrustworthy as he lied about the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. Danni realized that Gary was next to go and even voted him out.
Danni was on the chopping block but was still determined to save herself. At the Survivor Auction, Danni brought herself an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge. Judd bought time to spend with his wife and chose Stephenie and Cindy to join him with their respective loved ones, sending Danni, Lydia, and Rafe Judkins to the former Yaxhá camp. Danni made connections with Rafe and Lydia, even forming a final two deal with Rafe. At the challenge, Danni used her advantage and won immunity. Because of this, she was able to convince Rafe to convince Stephenie to turn on Judd. At the final Reward Challenge, Cindy won a car and was given the option of giving cars to the others at the expense of her own car. Cindy kept her car, which angered Rafe. Danni was spared once more due to her deal with Rafe and Cindy's apparent selfishness. At the final four Immunity Challenge, Danni failed to win immunity. However, Danni convinced Rafe that it was in his best interest to keep her over the much physically weaker Lydia as she would take him to the Final Tribal Council. Rafe agreed and Lydia was unanimously voted out. At the Final Immunity Challenge, Danni won and consoled Stephenie who was crying. Seeing Stephenie's tears, Rafe released Danni from her word to bring Rafe to the Final Tribal Council. Danni chose Stephenie to bring to the Final Tribal Council because she viewed Stephenie as easier to beat and as equally deserving as Rafe.
At the Final Tribal Council, the jury (except for Rafe, who campaigned for Stephenie) were convinced to vote for Danni by her honest answers and loyalty in the game. Because of that, she won the title of Sole Survivor in a 6-1 vote.
|Danni's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Nakúm Tribe Immune|
|3||Nakúm Tribe Immune|
|4||Yaxhá Tribe Immune|
| Jury Votes|
| Bobby Jon, Cindy, Gary,|
Jamie, Judd, Lydia
|Sole Survivor, Day 39|
- Danni married Kansas City Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann. On October 8, 2007, the couple had their first child, son Bo. The couple had another son named Stone born on November 1, 2010.
- Danni currently owns a sports shop in Kansas City.
- In Summer of 2009, Danni, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?"
- Danni was considered for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, but she turned down the offer, stating she will only return for an "all-winners" season.
- On January 9, 2010, Danni attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- Danni is the first contestant to win an advantage for an Immunity Challenge at a Survivor Auction.
- She is also the first contestant to buy such an item and win the actual challenge.
- Danni is the first first-time contestant to defeat a returning player at the Final Tribal Council.
- Danni is the second winner to be on every tribe in her season, after Vecepia of Survivor: Marquesas.
- Danni is one of only four winners to vote against the majority of the tribe during the first Tribal Council after the merge, the others being Chris Daugherty, Bob Crowley, and Sarah Lacina.
|Sole Survivor Titleholder|
| Succeeded by|
|Survivor: Guatemala Castaways|