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Michael "Frosti" Zernow is a contestant from Survivor: China.

Frosti was one of the strongest challenge competitors on the ill-fated Zhan Hu tribe. After a tribe switch, he managed to ingratiate himself with the dominant Fei Long Alliance, which protected him for the first two post-merge Tribal Councils. However, the Fei Long Alliance soon identified him as a major threat, and hastily voted him out at the final eight.


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Originally from Traverse City, Michigan (he attended Central High School there), Michael "Frosti" Zernow is currently a film student at Columbia College in Chicago (he's in his junior year). Half Japanese/half Russian, Zernow has been practicing Parkour and free-running for over five years and has been hired as a traceur (a practitioner of Parkour) and free-runner in television, advertisements and corporate events, including one of Madonna's world tours. (Parkour is essentially making the environment into an obstacle course. Through running jumping, or climbing, all obstacles can be overcome and all destinations are reachable. Free-running takes the movements of Parkour and adds style and flair. Think along the lines of urban gymnastics and building break dancing).

In high school, Zernow was captain of the wrestling and track teams. In addition, he practiced Aikido, a form of martial art that both his parents teach. While still in high school, he was suspended for a day because he dressed up like a Ninja and climbed on the roof of the school.

Zernow describes himself as creative, dynamic and determined. His hobbies include art, social philosophy and skateboarding. He recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong, where he hiked up a mountain with friends wearing three-dollar sandals.

Zernow currently resides in Chicago. His birth date is February 15, 1987.[1]


Frosti started on the Zhan Hu tribe. When Zhan Hu lost the first two Immunity Challenges, he joined his tribe in voting out Chicken Morris and Ashley Massaro. On Day 12, he voted with the majority of his tribe in ousting Dave Cruser.

After the tribe switch on Day 13, Frosti and fellow Zhan Hu tribemate Sherea Lloyd were switched to Fei Long. When he caught Todd Herzog and Amanda Kimmel finding the Fei Long Hidden Immunity Idol, he joined the Fei Long Alliance and helped them vote out Sherea on Day 18.

Even though he was an original Zhan Hu member, Frosti decided to stay with the Fei Long Alliance at the merge. He won the first individual Immunity Challenge and voted with his alliance to eliminate former tribemate Jaime Dugan. He continued to vote with his alliance to blindside Jean-Robert Bellande. Despite members of the opposite alliance still being in the game, Frosti was voted out on Day 27 due to his closeness with Courtney Yates.

At Final Tribal Council, as a juror he cast his vote for Todd to win.

Voting History

Frosti's Voting History
Episode Frosti's
Voted Against
1 Chicken -
2 Ashley -
3 Zhan Hu Tribe Immune
4 Dave -
5 Fei Long Tribe Immune
6 Sherea -
7 Jaime Individual Immunity
8 Jean-Robert -
9 Erik Amanda, Courtney, Denise,
Erik, James, Peih-Gee, Todd
Voted Out, Day 27
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • Competing in G4's American Ninja Warrior 3, Frosti qualified, unlike Ozzy Lusth who did not qualify in a previous season. He managed to qualify in the top 15 in semi finals giving him a spot for Boot Camp. However, he had to forfeit his spot in the Boot Camp round due to an injury during practice sessions.
  • Frosti later appeared in G4's Jump City: Seattle.
  • Frosti then competed in American Ninja Warrior 4 in the south west region and made it to Las Vegas where he failed on the jumping spider.
  • In 2014, Frosti was hired by Ubisoft to be a part of the team of the Assasin's Creed game.[2]
  • In 2016, Frosti was in a Mountain Dew commercial with NBA stars Jimmy Butler, Julius Randle, and Russell Westbrook.[3]



Survivor: China Castaways
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