Lyrsa María Torres-Vélez[2] is a contestant from Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

Lyrsa's weakness in challenges made her a target for most of her time in the game. After managing to survive two close votes, she was finally eliminated at the last Tribal Council before the merge after her tribemates decided that Angelina Keeley would be a bigger asset moving forward.


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Age: 36
Hometown: Puerto Rico
Current residence: Boston
Occupation: Airline Agent
Hobbies: Kickboxing, writing, and drawing.
Pet peeves: I can't stand a dirty kitchen, people that won't stop talking about themselves, and unnecessary continuous noises.
Three words to describe you: Overachiever, funny, and resourceful.
What's your personal claim to fame? Going back to school and making it to grad school.
Who or what is your inspiration in life? My hero is my mom, but please don't tell her! She went back to college after 40 years, completed her undergrad with a dual concentration and graduated Cum Laude way before I did. I saw her overcoming her fears and school struggles. She never gave up and we even took classes together!
If you could have three things on the island what would they be and why? My sketch book with a pencil for drawing and writing. The book 100 Years of Solitude because it's one of my favorites. My kickboxing gloves to practice.
Which Survivor contestant are you most like? Probably Sandra. Her first two seasons with the "as long as it's not me" and playing low key until the end was good. I would also have eaten that goat if possible on Game Changers. It's food!
What's your reason for being on Survivor? I want to prove to myself and my friends that I can do this. I've been a fan of the show since the first season, although sometimes I forget some details. My friends think that just because I don't go camping, I can't do it. This is also a social game, not just physical, and I think I can outwit and outlast just being me and using my brains. I also have student loans and a Ph.D to pay. I would also like to win the game for parents and friends. After Hurricane Maria, things got very hectic back home in Puerto Rico, and I would love to be able to help them.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? I might not be a physical threat, although I have been doing kickboxing for about four months, but I think studying other contestants, using their weaknesses to my advantage and keeping a good social game, I would win. I am mostly relying on my social game. I will vote off people but my relationships with them would be real. I am a very loyal, honest person, so I would try not to backstab people, but it's a game and I want to win.[3]


Because of her background, Lyrsa was assigned to the David tribe. Early on, Lyrsa formed a tight bond with tribemate Elizabeth Olson, who agreed that their unconventional alliance would be an asset to both of their games. After David lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 6, an alliance headed by Jessica Peet began to scheme against Lyrsa, hoping to take her out to keep the tribe strong. However, Elizabeth caught wind of this and alerted Lyrsa, leading the pair to scramble to keep Lyrsa in the game. Luckily for Lyrsa, Elizabeth successfully gathered the votes necessary to eliminate Jessica in a narrow 5-4 decision.

On Day 10, Lyrsa was switched to the Jabeni tribe along with fellow David, Nick Wilson. However, they found themselves in a 3-2 minority against the original Goliaths. Soon after though, Natalie Cole began to irritate the rest of the tribe with her bossy demeanor, even getting into a fight with Lyrsa over how to properly cook the eggs that Jabeni won at the Day 14 Reward Challenge. After losing the Immunity Challenge the following day, Natalie attempted to extort a jacket from Lyrsa on behalf of Angelina Keeley, believing that Lyrsa would be voted out. Fed up with Natalie's behavior, Mike White sided with Lyrsa and Nick to blindside her in a 3-2 vote, with Angelina voting against Lyrsa in a futile attempt to receive Natalie's jacket.

Upon returning to camp, Lyrsa became frustrated with Angelina's reason for voting against her. This thought was also shared by Mike and Nick, who were growing wary of Angelina's cutthroat gameplay. After Jabeni lost immunity again on Day 17, Lyrsa reassured her loyalty to Nick, and the two planned to vote against Angelina. However, Mike pushed for Lyrsa to be voted out over Angelina, not wanting to anger the original Goliaths on the other tribes. Ultimately at Tribal Council, Nick joined Angelina and Mike in voting against Lyrsa, unanimously eliminating her over Angelina.

Voting History

Lyrsa's Voting History
Episode Lyrsa's
Voted Against
1 No Tribal Council
2 Jessica Bi, Carl,
Davie, Jessica
3 David Tribe Immune
4 Jabeni Tribe Immune
5 Natalie Angelina, Natalie
6 Angelina Angelina,
Mike, Nick
Voted Out, Day 17


  • Lyrsa, along with nineteen other former Survivor contestants, competed in the first Survivor-themed mini-competition of Sequester on May 23, 2020. She was eliminated in the twelfth round, finishing in 8th place.[4]


  • Lyrsa is the oldest woman on the original David tribe.
  • Lyrsa received at least two votes at every Tribal Council she attended.


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