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Michael Snow is a contestant from Survivor: Caramoan.

Michael was sociable and reasonably strategically competent, positioning himself as a swing vote on the Gota tribe and later participating in a planned coup to eliminate Phillip Sheppard and wrest control of the game from the former Bikal members for whom Phillip acted as a puppet. However, Phillip's allies anticipated this move and blindsided Michael's ally Corinne Kaplan, and Michael himself was eliminated directly afterward.


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Name (Age): Michael Snow (44)
Tribe Designation: Gota
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Event Planner
Personal Claim to Fame: I was a founding member of the Whole World Theater in Atlanta. The show is still running today!
Inspiration in Life: My late friend Thomas Boyd. Thomas's humor in the face of cancer and AIDS was unforgettable. He showed me grace and strength and taught me so much about life and death.
Hobbies: Running, theater/film (attending and participating), knitting and photobombing.
Pet Peeves: I don't like "crazy." If you can't think rationally stay away from me.
3 Words to Describe You: Determined, enthusiastic and witty.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: 1) Knitting needles and skeins of yarn. 2) Cribbage. 3) Journal.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Cirie and Rob Cesternino – Even though neither of them won, they are my 2 favorites. I relate to their game of listening, charming with humor and not acting like a jerk.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I'm playing to win it.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm patient, a problem solver (I do it for a living) and a hard worker.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I possess a strong social game. I will bond with my tribe long enough to establish solid relationships, until I have to break them and vote them out. I come across as enthusiastic and easy going, but I have a focus and intensity that is only apparent when I need them. I am resilient and surprisingly firm in my decision making.[1]


Michael was placed on the Gota tribe of Fans. He bonded with Matt Bischoff, and as the pair found themselves in the middle of two alliances, Michael and Matt talked about the benefits of both sides. Michael did not have to go to the first Tribal Council, since Gota won the Immunity Challenge.

Michael was annoyed with the behavior of Shamar Thomas, as were many of his tribemates. However, Michael decided to stick to the Gota Alliance on voting out Allie Pohevitz. At camp, Shamar was yelling at everybody, with Michael commenting on how much he did this. But, still sticking to his alliance, he voted for Hope Driskill at the next Tribal Council.

After Shamar was evacuated, Gota lost their third straight Immunity Challenge and would be reduced to just six members. Matt told Michael that it would be smart to vote for Laura Alexander, since Reynold Toepfer and Eddie Fox were great physically. He went through with it and voted for Laura, who was voted out unanimously, though Reynold wasted his idol as well.

The tribe switch sent Michael to Bikal with Matt and Julia Landauer, where he bonded well with Corinne Kaplan. Corinne really liked Michael and wanted him to stay, so she told the rest of the alliance to vote for Julia. Michael and Matt both wanted to vote for Julia to get her out so they would not be targeted, but Matt told the alliance that he did not have a Hidden Immunity Idol. The Favorites then decided to vote out Matt since they knew he did not have an Idol.

Since Bikal was not very great physically, they lost the next two challenges. Corinne tried to tell Phillip Sheppard to vote for Julia, but he noticed Corinne and Michael's strong bond. Phillip then targeted Michael, but thankfully, Julia told Dawn Meehan that Phillip was a threat, so Julia was voted out instead.

The merge then came, and Michael joined the The Three Amigos. Malcolm Freberg had arranged this for him, Corinne, Michael, Reynold, Eddie, Erik Reichenbach, and Dawn Meehan, but Erik and Dawn flipped their votes to Corinne, and another of Michael's close friends was voted out. At the next Reward Challenge, Michael's team (John Cochran, Reynold, Erik, Eddie, and Michael), won. At the reward, Michael had the idea to "bro-up" and make an all-boys alliance, opposing to the first Fans vs. Favorites alliance, while Cochran secretly hated the idea. 

At camp, Malcolm, Reynold, and Eddie wanted to gain Dawn's trust. They showed her an idol, and Stealth R Us 2.0 wanted to get rid of Malcolm. However, after Eddie talked to Andrea, she became nervous that if they played an idol, she would be going next, so she targeted Michael. At Tribal Council, Malcolm played the idol, even though no voted were cast against him, and Michael was blindsided, becoming the first jury member.

At Final Tribal Council, Michael gave his jury vote to Cochran, who eventually became the Sole Survivor in a unanimous vote.

Voting History

Michael's Voting History
Episode Michael's
Voted Against
1 Gota Tribe Immune
2 Allie -
3 Eddie;
4 Laura -
5 Gota Tribe Immune
6 Julia -
7 Julia;
Cochran, Julia, Phillip;
8 Sherri -
9 Andrea Andrea, Brenda, Cochran,
Dawn, Erik, Phillip, Sherri
Voted Out, Day 25
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay", the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Eddie, Hope, and Shamar, forcing a revote. Michael changed his vote to Hope on the revote.
^2 In "Tubby Lunchbox", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Michael and Julia, forcing a revote. On the revote, Michael did not receive any votes to be eliminated.



  • Michael is the oldest member of the original Gota tribe.
  • Michael is the only Fan switched to the Bikal tribe to reach the merge. As such, he is the only Fan to be a member of all three tribes in Caramoan.
  • Michael is the third person to reach the merge with only one challenge win, following Mookie Lee and Denise Stapley.
    • However, Michael unofficially won another challenge via forfeit, and Mookie unofficially won another challenge via the Moto tribe giving up immunity.
  • On the Survivor After Show, Parvati compared him to Eliza Orlins due to his memorable facial expressions.


Survivor: Caramoan Castaways
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