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'''What is one way playing ''Survivor'' changed your life?''' Oh, let me count the ways! In the "pinball machine" of life, one thing can change everything about a person's life. ''Survivor'' was that one thing. It gave me opportunities that I only dreamed of, I got to see the world, help make small differences in people's lives, got to meet incredible people across the globe, and brought joy and laughter to my family from all the crazy stories I got to tell after each adventure.<br />
 
'''What is one way playing ''Survivor'' changed your life?''' Oh, let me count the ways! In the "pinball machine" of life, one thing can change everything about a person's life. ''Survivor'' was that one thing. It gave me opportunities that I only dreamed of, I got to see the world, help make small differences in people's lives, got to meet incredible people across the globe, and brought joy and laughter to my family from all the crazy stories I got to tell after each adventure.<br />
 
'''As ''Survivor'' approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?''' 19 years ago I got let go from a job, had a day off in NYC, and sent a VHS audition tape into CBS on a lark the day before it was due. What happened next literally changed the trajectory of my life. This show has brought happiness and memories to so many people around the world, and it's cool to be a small part of that.<br />
 
'''As ''Survivor'' approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy?''' 19 years ago I got let go from a job, had a day off in NYC, and sent a VHS audition tape into CBS on a lark the day before it was due. What happened next literally changed the trajectory of my life. This show has brought happiness and memories to so many people around the world, and it's cool to be a small part of that.<br />
'''How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons?''' The last time I played this game was in 2004 on ''{{S3|8}}''... there were no Idols, hidden clues, advantages, or ways to get back into the game. And get this—we actually had to survive! The game has changed and so have I. I plan to adapt, have fun and push my mind, body, and spirit to the max.<ref>https://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/cast/216305/</ref>
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'''How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons?''' The last time I played this game was in 2004 on ''Survivor: All-Stars''... there were no Idols, hidden clues, advantages, or ways to get back into the game. And get this—we actually had to survive! The game has changed and so have I. I plan to adapt, have fun and push my mind, body, and spirit to the max.<ref>https://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/cast/216305/</ref>
 
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[[File:Ethanzohncancer.jpg|thumb|120px|Ethan's ongoing battle of cancer.]]
 
[[File:Ethanzohncancer.jpg|thumb|120px|Ethan's ongoing battle of cancer.]]
 
* On April 30, 2009, Ethan was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called CD20-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was diagnosed after experiencing night sweats and strange itching. He started chemotherapy in May 2009. On September 14, 2009, he disclosed that after three months of intensive chemotherapy, his cancer returned. He underwent a new treatment, including a stem-cell transplant, to battle the rare form of Hodgkin's disease. Ethan received a "clean CT scan" in late April 2010.
 
* On April 30, 2009, Ethan was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called CD20-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was diagnosed after experiencing night sweats and strange itching. He started chemotherapy in May 2009. On September 14, 2009, he disclosed that after three months of intensive chemotherapy, his cancer returned. He underwent a new treatment, including a stem-cell transplant, to battle the rare form of Hodgkin's disease. Ethan received a "clean CT scan" in late April 2010.
* Twenty months after his remission, Ethan's cancer returned, and is now undergoing another series of stem cell transplants.
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* Twenty months after his remission, Ethan's cancer returned, and he underwent another series of stem cell transplants.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==

Revision as of 04:23, May 15, 2020

Ethan Zohn is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Africa. He later competed on Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Winners at War.

Aligning with close friend Tom Buchanan and strategist Lex van den Berghe, Ethan was able to stick with his alliance to the end and defeat Kim Johnson in a 5-2 jury vote to become one of the most popular and well-liked winners to play the game.

His time in All-Stars was not as successful as he was constantly a target and on the outs for being a previous winner. He eventually became the last winner standing. He was finally voted out in 11th place.

In Winners at War, he initially found himself in a comfortable position in the old school alliance in the Sele tribe. However, when the alliance began to crumble, Ethan found himself voted out fourth, as the co-leaders of the new school alliance Michele Fitzgerald and Jeremy Collins felt that his elimination would weaken his ally Rob Mariano. He failed to win both the re-entry challenges, and finished in 18th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Ethan Zohn currently lives in New York City. He is a professional soccer player, having been employed as a goalie for the Highlanders Football Club (Zimbabwe), Cape Cod Crusaders (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) and the Hawaii Tsunami (Oahu, Hawaii). Zohn also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah Team (Israel). Off the field, he has been the assistant coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Men's and Women's Soccer Team in Teaneck, New Jersey since 1998. Additionally, since 1999 Zohn has worked freelance as a brand name strategist/developer, responsible for creating names for newly invented products.

Zohn attended Vassar College, where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Following graduation, he traveled for six months in Australia and New Zealand, where he bungee jumped from one of the highest jumps in the world (400 feet).

In addition to playing soccer, Ethan Zohn is an aspiring inventor who enjoys scuba diving, photography, running and cooking (he's a vegetarian). He has two brothers, Lenard and Lee. His birth date is November 12.[1]

Since being declared the winner of Survivor: Africa, Ethan Zohn has founded "Grassroot Soccer," a non-profit organization which trains Africa's professional soccer players to teach children about HIV/AIDS prevention (www.grassrootsoccer.org). Additionally, he is a national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner city kids participate in educational soccer programs. He has done extensive charity work for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids organization and YouthAids, along with the Colon Cancer Alliance. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements, appeared in a Hewlett Packard commercial, hosted numerous MTV specials and appeared in various other television and print media. He most recently served as the coach of the U.S. National Maccabiah Team at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Chile.

In 2002, Ethan hosted "Ethan Zohn's Zone," an online journal summarizing the events of the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan. His accounts provided fans with a behind-the-scenes look inside the U.S. Soccer Team and the event itself. He also competed in Eco-Challenge Fiji with fellow Survivor alumna, Jenna Lewis.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Ethan moved to New York, where he attended Vassar College, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. He eventually became a professional soccer player, having been employed as a goalie for the Highlanders Football Club (Zimbabwe), Cape Cod Crusaders (Cape Cod, Massachusetts) and the Hawaii Tsunami (Oahu, Hawaii). Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah Team (Israel). Off the field, he was the assistant coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Men's and Women's Soccer Team in Teaneck, N.J. from 1998-2002. Additionally, since 1999 he has worked freelance as a brand name strategist/developer, responsible for creating names for newly invented products.

Ethan is currently single and living in New York City. He has two brothers, Lenard and Lee. His birth date is November 12, 1973.[2]

Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
Current residence: Hillsborough, New Hampshire
Previous seasons: Winner of Survivor: Africa (Season 3), Survivor: All-Stars (Season 8)
Occupation: Social Entrepreneur and Keynote Speaker
Hobbies: Inventing useless gadgets, chopping and stacking wood, and chasing cats with my laser.
Pet peeves: Weird bagel flavors. It's not a bagel unless it's sesame, poppy, plain, or everything.
Three words to describe you: Compassionate, neurotic, and funny. I'm really, really funny.
When did you first watch Survivor? I've been watching since Richard Hatch first took advantage of CBS' ability to pixelate a moving image.
Do you still watch Survivor? I wouldn't miss it for the world!
What is your inspiration in life? Helping people in big and small ways. From working with big organizations that help kids stay healthy, like Grassroot Soccer, to speaking with patients about surviving and thriving in life after a cancer diagnosis.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? My nieces and nephews are going to flip out and have some major bragging rights in the hallways.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Oh, let me count the ways! In the "pinball machine" of life, one thing can change everything about a person's life. Survivor was that one thing. It gave me opportunities that I only dreamed of, I got to see the world, help make small differences in people's lives, got to meet incredible people across the globe, and brought joy and laughter to my family from all the crazy stories I got to tell after each adventure.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? 19 years ago I got let go from a job, had a day off in NYC, and sent a VHS audition tape into CBS on a lark the day before it was due. What happened next literally changed the trajectory of my life. This show has brought happiness and memories to so many people around the world, and it's cool to be a small part of that.
How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? The last time I played this game was in 2004 on Survivor: All-Stars... there were no Idols, hidden clues, advantages, or ways to get back into the game. And get this—we actually had to survive! The game has changed and so have I. I plan to adapt, have fun and push my mind, body, and spirit to the max.[3]

Survivor

Africa

As part of the Boran tribe, Ethan was seen as a strong player who could potentially win challenges, and was not targeted early because of his congenial personality. During Boran's two back-to-back Immunity Challenges losses, he joined the majority to vote off Diane Ogden and Jessie Camacho. Over the next few days, Ethan would cement a long-term alliance with Lex van den Berghe and Tom Buchanan from his Boran tribe.

But during a twist on Day 13 saw both of Ethan's alliance members switch from Boran to the Samburu tribe, leaving Ethan alone with old Boran members Kim Johnson and Clarence Black. Two of the new Boran members from the Samburu tribe, Teresa Cooper and Frank Garrison, had an old misunderstanding with younger old Samburu member Silas Gaither. So, on Day 15, a secret consensus was reached between Teresa and Frank and the original Borans (in which the two ex-Samburus would swear loyalty to Boran) by purposefully throwing the next Immunity Challenge in order to vote out the unpopular Silas. Both of Ethan's alliance members, Tom and Lex, remained safe on the Samburu tribe, carrying all three into the merge.

Ethan's alliance soon began to take control of the game, along with other members Kim Johnson and Kelly Goldsmith, all from the original Boran. They immediately targeted old Boran member Clarence Black due to his physical strength and he was voted out. But unbeknownst to Lex, he had received another vote at Tribal Council, who he believed had come from Kelly, but Teresa was the real culprit. This led Lex on a witch-hunt against Kelly which almost led to the demise of Ethan's alliance when Kelly possessed the power with the other four ex-Samburu members, Teresa, Frank, Kim Powers, and Brandon Quinton. But at the last minute, Brandon switched his vote, saving Lex and eliminating Kelly. But this move came back to haunt Brandon, when Ethan's alliance saw him as untrustworthy and voted him out at the next Tribal Council.

Ethan, Lex, Tom and Kim Johnson regained control of the game, ousting previous Samburu members Frank, Kim Powers, and Teresa in the next three votes, carrying them into the Final Four. Kim Johnson surprised everyone by winning the remaining Immunity Challenges, putting the men (who already planned to be the final three) in trouble. Tom and Lex were eliminated respectively, thus bringing Ethan to Day 39.

In the end, Ethan beat out Kim in a 5-2 vote to become the Sole Survivor, receiving votes from Kelly, Frank, Teresa, Tom, and Lex.

Voting History

Ethan's Voting History
Episode Ethan's
Votes
Voted Against
Ethan
1 Diane -
2 Jessie -
3 Boran Tribe Immune
4 Boran Tribe Immune
5 Silas -
6 Boran Tribe Immune
7 Clarence -
9 Kelly Individual Immunity
10 Brandon -
11 Frank -
12 Kim P. -
13 Teresa -
14 Tom -
Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Ethan
Frank, Kelly,
Lex, Teresa, Tom
Sole Survivor, Day 39

All-Stars

Originally part of the Saboga tribe, Ethan was immediately targeted as a previous winner, along with Survivor: The Australian Outback winner Tina Wesson. When Saboga lost immunity, the rest of the tribe decided to vote out Tina first, needing Ethan's strength to win future challenges. When Saboga lost immunity once again, Ethan was spared once more over physical liability Rudy Boesch, who had hurt his ankle at the Reward Challenge.

On Day 13, Ethan and the rest of the Saboga tribe were disbanded after losing a challenge. Ethan and Jerri Manthey joined the Mogo Mogo tribe, while Jenna Lewis and Rupert Boneham joined Chapera . Later in that episode, Ethan joined the rest of his new tribe to vote out Survivor: Borneo winner Richard Hatch. With Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien kidnapped by Chapera, Ethan joined forces with Colby Donaldson to oust Jerri. Unfortunately for Ethan, Shii Ann Huang voted against Colby, causing his demise. On the outs, Ethan begged Lex to honor their friendship by keeping him over the unpopular Jerri. Despite this, he was the last of the former winners to take the fall, though he was the most successful of the four previous winners who competed on All-Stars, lasting longer than Tina Wesson, Richard Hatch, and Jenna Morasca did.

Ethan was nominated in Survivor: America's Tribal Council as Sexiest Male, but lost to Colby Donaldson.

Voting History

Ethan's Voting History
Episode Ethan's
Votes
Voted Against
Ethan
1 Jenna L. -
2 Rudy Rudy, Rupert
3 No Tribal Council
4 Saboga Tribe Immune
5 Richard -
6 No Tribal Council
7 Jerri -
8 Jerri Jerri, Kathy,
Lex, Shii Ann
Voted Out, Day 21

Winners at War

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Voting History

Ethan's Voting History
Episode Ethan's
Votes
Voted Against
Ethan
1 Natalie -
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni -
3 Adam Ben, Denise,
Jeremy, Michele
Voted Out, Day 9
4 On Edge of Extinction
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Eliminated, Day 35
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Natalie

Post-Survivor

Personal life

Ethan formerly dated Amber Brkich from Survivor: The Australian Outback (now married to Rob Mariano). He was engaged to fellow winner Jenna Morasca. In 2013, the couple split up but remained as good friends.[6] Ethan was engaged to Lisa Heywood in July 2015.[7] They married in July 2016.[8]

Media

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Ethan and Jenna's promotional photo for The Amazing Race 19.

Advocacy

  • Ethan is an animal rights advocate. He posed nude (while holding a leaf to cover himself) for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" Campaign along with Jenna Morasca.
  • Ethan used his winnings to found a fundraiser called Grassroots Soccer. This was Richard Hatch's chosen charity in Celebrity Apprentice.

Illness

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Ethan's ongoing battle of cancer.

  • On April 30, 2009, Ethan was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called CD20-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was diagnosed after experiencing night sweats and strange itching. He started chemotherapy in May 2009. On September 14, 2009, he disclosed that after three months of intensive chemotherapy, his cancer returned. He underwent a new treatment, including a stem-cell transplant, to battle the rare form of Hodgkin's disease. Ethan received a "clean CT scan" in late April 2010.
  • Twenty months after his remission, Ethan's cancer returned, and he underwent another series of stem cell transplants.

Trivia

  • Ethan's luxury item on Survivor: Africa was a hacky sack. He gave it away on a trip to a local African village.
  • Ethan is the only castaway from Africa to never receive an elimination vote.
    • Ethan is the first male to reach the Final Tribal Council without receiving a single vote against him.
  • Ethan was the first male winner to have every person they vote against at Tribal Council leave the game.
  • Ethan was the first person to earn the title of Sole Survivor and not win in a 4-3 vote.
    • Ethan is the first Sole Survivor to win with more than four jury votes.
  • Ethan was the first castaway in their twenties to become the Sole Survivor.
  • Ethan is the first Jewish player to win the title of Sole Survivor.
  • At the Africa Reunion Show, Bryant Gumbel mispronounced Ethan's name as Ethan Zorn.
  • Ethan became the highest-ranking former winner in Survivor: All-Stars, outlasting Tina Wesson, Richard Hatch, and Jenna Morasca.
    • He was also the only former winner to not be voted out at the first Tribal Council they attended, although Jenna Morasca quit without attending a single one.
  • Ethan's 30th birthday was on Day 10 of All-Stars.
  • Ethan once held the record for the longest days lasted without getting voted off with 60 days. His streak was broken by Amanda Kimmel.
  • Ethan was the only returning player from Africa to be eliminated before the merge in All-Stars.
  • Ethan is one of seven Sole Survivors (along with Jenna, Richard, Rob, Tom Westman, Tony Vlachos and Sandra Diaz-Twine) to play more than once and not be a member of the jury in any season.
  • In her Heroes vs. Villains profile, Jerri Manthey listed Ethan as the past Survivor contestant she respects the most.[13]
  • Ethan and Jenna are the second Survivor couple to compete in The Amazing Race, following Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich. The pairs were followed by Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan, and later by Rupert and Laura Boneham.
  • In an interview on Rob Has a Podcast, it was revealed that Ethan and Jenna were considered to return in South Pacific, after applying for The Amazing Race. The couple declined the offer, saying they were not interested in competing against each other.[14]
  • By returning in Winners at War 16 years and 32 seasons after their appearance in All-Stars, Ethan and Amber Mariano broke Kelly Wiglesworth's record for the longest period in between appearances on the show.
  • Ethan is the oldest man on the original Sele tribe.

References

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Ethan Zohn
Succeeded by
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Vecepia Towery
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