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Mike Borassi is a contestant from Survivor: Samoa.

The oldest person in his season, Mike was medically evacuated on Day 5 as a result of taking numerous hits during an Immunity Challenge which resulted in him having low blood pressure, and being unable to stand or catch his breath.


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Mike Borassi (62)
Hometown: Marina del Rey, Calif
Occupation: Personal Chef

This California transplant, originally from New York, will do or say anything to become the next Survivor. After a career as a college football coach at Boston University in the 1970's and over 30 years in the food industry, he currently works as a personal chef.

Married without children, he enjoys gardening, reading, working out and spending time with friends. He is funny, dependable and quiet, yet, he is never afraid to tell it like it is. He can't stand bad drivers, republicans or bigots and admits that the easiest way to make him angry is to move around his kitchen equipment.

At 62 years old, he has been preparing for his experience on Survivor by working out with a personal trainer on a daily basis and has lost over 30 pounds in preparation for his chance at the million dollar prize. A true Survivor fan, he has watched every single episode from the very beginning and came close to being part of the cast last season. His strategy includes remaining cooperative and low-key so the "stupid, cocky ones self-destruct." Rather than making aggressive moves, he plans to allow his leadership qualities to emerge naturally which may mask the fact that he can, at times, be competitive and almost predatory.

Mike resides in Marina del Rey, Calif. and his birthday is March 13.[1]


Mike entered the season as a member of the Foa Foa tribe. Upon the tribe's first Immunity Challenge loss, Mike initially lobbied to vote out Ashley Trainer as he considered her to be the weakest member of the tribe. However, he was eventually persuaded by Russell Hantz to join the majority of the tribe and vote against Marisa Calihan instead.

While getting Tree Mail with Betsy Bolan on Day 5, Mike acknowledged his position as the oldest player on the tribe and hoped to prove himself as a physical competitor at the next challenge. During that day's Immunity Challenge, Mike was able to keep up with his Foa Foa tribe mates and even held his ground against Galu's Erik Cardona. However, he began breathing heavily and appeared disoriented after taking several hard hits, resulting in host Jeff Probst calling in the medical team to assess him after the challenge. While being examined, Medical determined that Mike's blood pressure was incredibly low, causing him to be unable to stand and catch his breath. Due to his health being at risk, Medical decided to pull Mike from the game.

Voting History

Mike's Voting History
Episode Mike's
Voted Against
1 Marisa -
2 No Tribal Council
Evacuated, Day 5


  • On January 9, 2010, Mike attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.[2]
  • Mike attended the Survivor edition of The Price Is Right primetime special that aired on May 23, 2016. However, Mike himself did not compete.


  • Mike was originally cast for Tocantins, but was pulled before the season started because of medical issues.[3] Mike was replaced by Spencer Duhm.[4]
  • Mike is the oldest contestant to compete on Samoa.


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