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Julie Wolfe is a contestant from Survivor: Redemption Island.

Julie started the game as a part of the Zapatera Six, where she became the only female member of the alliance to make it to the merge. There, she was voted out by the opposing alliance and sent to Redemption Island, where she ultimately lost the duel to her ally Mike Chiesl.


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Name (Age): Julie Wolfe (50)
Tribe: Zapatera
Current Residence: Oceanside, Calif.
Occupation: Firefighter
Personal Claim to Fame: Winning the World Championship Outrigger Canoe Race in 1996 and 1998. The race is 41 miles long from the Island of Molokai to Oahu.
Inspiration in Life: All of the U.S. Soldiers that are away from their families defending our country and our freedom.
Hobbies: Outrigger canoe paddling, stand-up paddling and motherhood.
Pet Peeves: Laziness and bullies.
3 Words to Describe You: Hard-headed, outspoken and spoiled.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Ashley from Survivor: China. She was a strong outspoken woman whose mouth got her voted off the first episode.
Reason for being on Survivor: To win a million dollars and make a better life for my daughters. I want to be a role model for my girls to show them they can achieve their goals and dreams.
Why you think you'll "survive" Survivor: My experience as a firefighter has made me mentally and physically strong.
Reason why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I'm very likeable. I think I can outwit the other contestants to vote off people other than me.[1]


With her muscular physique, Julie was seen as the most physically able female of the Zapatera tribe. With her, plus having five of their nine members being male (as opposed to the rival Ometepe tribe, which had more females), Zapatera flourished early, winning the first two Immunity Challenges.

But despite this, Zapatera was divided into two competing alliances: one consisted of Julie, Mike Chiesl, Steve Wright, Ralph Kiser, David Murphy, and Sarita White; while the other was comprised of notorious Survivor villain Russell Hantz, Stephanie Valencia, and Krista Klumpp. The six-person alliance felt that Russell's presence was toxic, and he must be disposed immediately. With this, five members of the alliance conspired to throw the next Immunity Challenge so they would get the chance to eliminate Russell. When Julie was approached about the plan, Julie was unsure. Julie, a woman who believed in karma, felt that the move will hurt them in the long run. But at the Immunity Challenge, she decided to go through the plan anyway, deliberately sending her tribe to their first Tribal Council.

Assuming that there was a Hidden Immunity Idol at their camp, the six-person pact decided to split their votes, in the event that Russell did possess an Idol (unknown to them, alliance partner Ralph already found it). That afternoon, Russell went to Julie to try to flip her vote and join his alliance (with Russell promising to keep her longer in the game), speculating that the majority alliance threw the challenge just to get rid of him. Julie was tempted by Russell's offer, but at Tribal Council, Julie did not budge, and the vote went as planned, with a three-way tie between Russell, Ralph, and Stephanie. With five of the six-person alliance eligible for the re-vote (with Julie included), Russell was voted out, sending him to Redemption Island, and was eventually defeated by its current inhabitant, Matt Elrod at the duel.

After winning one more Immunity Challenge, Zapatera would suffer a series of challenge losses, with Julie and the rest of the alliance disposing the remaining members of Russell's alliance. After losing their third consecutive Immunity Challenge, the once-strong alliance had to turn on each other. And with no common enemy, the alliance was torn between Sarita who was weak in challenges, but was nonetheless loyal to the alliance, and David, who was perceived to be better at challenges, but was deemed arrogant and untrustworthy. In the end, Julie joined Steve, Mike, and David in voting Sarita out.

In the final pre-merge duel of the game, which was a re-entrance duel, Julie said a lot of words of encouragement to Sarita in hopes that Sarita would win the duel, but Sarita would be eliminated upon losing the duel to Matt, which worried her and the other Zapatera members since they would now be merging with 5 players from Zapatera and 7 from Ometepe. Natalie Tenerelli beat out Mike at the first Individual Immunity Challenge. Julie along with the rest of Zapatera decided to vote off Grant Mattos, who they viewed as a threat and Rob Mariano's closest ally. They also hoped that Mike's attempts to get Matt and Andrea Boehlke to flip would by sufficient. But unfortunately, they didn't and Matt, who was unsure about what alliance to join, was blindsided by a 6-5-1 vote, which drew a line between Ometepe and Zapatera.

Mike and David would be the first ones voted off of the former Zapatera members. Julie later hid Phillip's shorts to make Phillip mad as a chance to hopefully get 2 or more Ometepe members to vote off Phillip. But it would not work and when Julie confessed what she did at Tribal Council, she was the one voted off 6-3 and before heading to Redemption Island, she told Phillip he would never find his shorts. Julie would join Matt and Mike on Redemption Island. When Phillip showed up to watch the duel, he surprised Julie by revealing he had found his shorts. In the duel, Julie would eventually lose, finishing the game in 11th place and becoming the 2nd member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Julie started by stating that none of the finalists played a respectable game. She told Natalie her parents would be proud of her for winning the first Individual Immunity Challenge, but disappointed in the fact that she let herself get used by Rob in that way. Julie wanted to know from Rob where was the line in leaving his family behind for the game. Rob said this would be his last season. Julie told him to raise his girls to be strong women, to prevent them from being manipulated like he did to Natalie. Julie told Phillip the only reason that he was there is because no one respected him. Then she asked Phillip what would his teenage son would think of him. Feeling like she was trying to take away his work ethic and angered that she question his parenting skills, Phillip told Julie "to hell with you." In the end, Julie, along with the rest of the jury (except for Ralph) voted for Rob to win while Ralph voted for Phillip.

Voting History

Julie's Voting History
Episode Julie's
Voted Against
1 Zapatera Tribe Immune
2 Zapatera Tribe Immune
3 Stephanie;
4 Zapatera Tribe Immune
5 Krista -
6 Stephanie -
7 Sarita -
8 Grant -
9 Phillip -
Rob -
10 Phillip Andrea, Ashley, Grant,
Natalie, Phillip, Rob
Voted Out, Day 27
11 On Redemption Island
Eliminated, Day 28
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Keep Hope Alive", the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Ralph, Russell, and Stephanie, forcing a revote. Julie changed her vote to Russell on the revote.


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  • Julie was the oldest woman on Survivor: Redemption Island.
  • Julie was the highest-placing female member of Zapatera, but the lowest-placing female member of Murlonio. This was possible because she was the only female member of Zapatera to make the merge.
  • Julie lost 24 lbs. during her time on Redemption Island.[2]


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