Marty Piombo is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

Marty is best remembered for going from being in charge at the original Espada tribe to being on the bottom of the swapped La Flor tribe, as well as his rivalry with Jane Bright.


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Name: Marty Piombo (48)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Mill Valley, Calif.
Occupation: Technology Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Rescuing an injured climber off Mt. Whitney from 13,000 ft. in the dead of winter.
Inspiration in Life: Lance Armstrong - where do you start? The guy overcame all sorts of odds. His climbs and his epic wins are historic.
Hobbies: Winter alpinism, rock climbing, cooking.
Pet Peeves: Waiting in line and inconsiderate people.
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny, charismatic.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I'm a mix of Boston Rob and Russell. They are relentless, clever, devious and will do anything to win. I'll play the game in a similar fashion.
Reason for being on Survivor: I want to win. To be on the show would be cool (no doubt), BUT to say you won Survivor - that's a whole other ball game. I consider it the ultimate challenge.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: I've been in those cutthroat pressure-cooker situations and I've succeeded. I am downright certain I could manipulate people and get them to vote my way. I will play this game HARD![1]


Piombo started as the "older" Espada tribe's resident strategist, successfully eliminating every person of his choosing. His first casualty was Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff, for he felt annoyed about her kooky demeanor. The second was Jimmy Johnson, whom Marty felt jealous because of his popularity. His third victim was Jimmy Tarantino whose grating personality had rubbed him and the rest of the tribe in the wrong way. He was notable for having a rivalry with tribemate Jane Bright, who he felt could win easily because of her "sad" backstory.

He, with the help of Jill Behm, found the Hidden Immunity Idol on Day 6. They, along with Dan Lembo decided to stick together as an alliance. Piombo became confident that he would make it all the way to the end until a surprise tribe swap on Day 12 ruined his plans. Lembo was left alone at Espada, while Behm and Piombo (together with Bright) were switched to the rival La Flor tribe.

Upon reaching their new camp and meeting their new tribemates, Bright revealed to her new tribemates that both Marty and Jill could not be trusted. Knowing he was in danger, Marty decided to reveal his Hidden Immunity Idol, much to Brenda Lowe's chagrin. At the Day 15 Double Tribal Council, Marty was put in danger when he decided to not use his idol. Adding insult to injury, the vote ended up a 3-3 tie vote between him and Kelly Bruno (Marty and Jill voted against Brenda). But after a revote, Marty was spared, sending Bruno, the perceived bigger threat, home.

After the vote, Marty confronted Jane about voting against him. Since Jane could not give a satisfying answer, Marty was bent on eliminating Jane next. After losing the Day 18 Immunity Challenge, Jane and the younger members of La Flor planned on telling Marty that they will be splitting their votes between him and Jill, forcing him to draw out his idol. Sash Lenahan, on the other hand, made an all-new plan: blackmailing Marty about passing his idol to him, in exchange for his safety (but the gesture would lead to his closest ally Jill's elimination instead). With Marty hesitant to give up his idol, Sash sweetened the deal by promising to return his idol should they lose another Immunity Challenge. In the end, Marty was left alone, as his ally Jill was sent home.

At their first Tribal Council as Libertad, Marty continued his tirade against Jane, persuading everyone to eliminate her because she would win easily should she last longer, thus continuing their conflict. Eventually, Marty's wish was unfulfilled, because the tribe felt that it was still too early to eliminate Jane (in addition to her being immune), and Alina Wilson went home instead.

The next day, Marty continued his plotting against Jane by proposing a plan to Benry and Dan to feign a vote against NaOnka (to potentially flush out NaOnka's own idol) to Chase and Holly, but really vote for Jane, causing Jane to be blindsided. After winning the next Reward Challenge (where the tribe was coincidentally divided by gender), Marty convinced the other males to eliminate Jane, thus affirming a gender-based war at the next vote. Marty put his plan into motion by telling Chase that the men were voting for NaOnka. Chase told Holly that he thought the guys were trying to blindside Jane and he was voting for Marty. Marty told Brenda that the plan to flush the idol and blindside Jane was Sash's idea. At the next Tribal Council, Marty again made a valiant effort to vote Jane out. But in the end, Marty's plan to flush the idol failed when NaOnka did not feel threatened enough to play her idol. The females, plus Sash and Chase, sent Marty to the jury in a 7-4 vote.

At Final Tribal Council, Marty asked Chase that who would receive the "dumber than a bag of hammers reward" from everyone at the merge excluding Marty. Chase felt the question was BS and no one would answer that. He also called Sash a smart player. Marty ultimately cast his vote for his friend, Fabio, who won the title of Sole Survivor. His reasoning being that he viewed Chase as "the dumbest person to play Survivor" and Sash as a "weasel", and thinks Fabio has changed as a person and as a player.

Voting History

Marty's Voting History
Episode Marty's
Voted Against
1 Wendy -
2 Espada Tribe Immune
3 Jimmy J. -
4 Jimmy T. -
5 La Flor Tribe Immune
6 Brenda;
Jane, Kelly B., Sash;
7 Jane Fabio, Jane
8 Alina Alina, Jane
9 Jane Brenda, Chase, Holly, Jane,
Kelly S., NaOnka, Sash
Voted Out, Day 24
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Worst Case Scenario", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Marty and Kelly B., forcing a revote. On the revote, Marty did not receive enough votes to be eliminated.




Survivor: Nicaragua Castaways
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