Sierra Dawn Thomas is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Game Changers.

In Worlds Apart, Sierra found herself on the bottom of the Escameca tribe after the early blindside of her ally Lindsey Cascaddan. However, whenever presented with an opportunity to take out large threats, Sierra tended to take the safe route, preferring to stick with her Escameca Alliance. Eventually, her pleasantness made her too much of a threat to take to the end, and she was blindsided and eliminated in 5th place.

In Game Changers, Sierra played a more strategically dominant role in the early game, and after the merge, she helped dictate the elimination of Hali Ford and the pivotal blindside of Ozzy Lusth. However, Sarah Lacina's defection to the opposing Tavua Alliance put her in the minority. Despite this, she remained close with Sarah, eventually revealing to Sarah her possession of the Legacy Advantage, as well as her intention to will the advantage to Sarah in the event of her own elimination. This revelation induced Sarah to target her at the next vote, resulting in her elimination and Sarah's capture of the Legacy Advantage, which would prove decisive in Sarah's eventual victory in the season.


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Name (Age): Sierra Dawn Thomas, 27
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer
Personal Claim to Fame: I was the National Champion Barrel Racer and All Around Cowgirl in High School Rodeo and also a National Champion in College rodeo rankings.
Inspiration in Life: I can't just pick one. But, my mom and dad are my heroes because they have been through so much and through it all they stay positive. They are my main support system and I wouldn't have accomplished what I have if it wasn't for them.
Hobbies: Rodeo, basketball, football, hunting and fishing.
What is your favorite sport? Rodeo, basketball and long distance running.
Pet Peeves: Being late because it's so disrespectful, when people loudly chew their food and underachievers (at least give it an honest try).
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, athletic and outgoing.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A radio because music makes my soul happy. 2. A notepad and pen because I love writing down my thoughts and goals. 3. Chocolate milk because I literally can drink a gallon in two days.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow, hands down, because she's not overly aggressive and uses her female traits to her advantage, she's a very intelligent woman.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I truly believe there is little I cannot do. My physical, mental and emotional capabilities are of a man's level.
Why You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm not afraid to set impossible goals and strive to achieve them. I'm extremely athletic and push my body to its utmost limit.
Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: I am a 6'1" model and most people just see me as a pretty face, but I'm a cowgirl and rancher who doesn't mind doing a man's job. I am also an extreme athlete. I played basketball, volleyball and ran track and cross-country in high school (got offered a full ride scholarship for college basketball but decided to take the rodeo scholarship). I am a college student who's going to school for a master's in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections. I believe in strategizing and I am not afraid to push myself mentally and physically.[1]

Age: 29
Hometown: Roy, UT
Previously played on: Season 30: White, Blue, No Collar, Finished 5th & Jury Member
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm physically stronger, more aware, and better at reading people. Also, emotionally, I am less sensitive.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I can do anything outdoorsy! I'm physically strong, loyal, easy to talk to, and people trust me. I am in better physical shape than I have ever been. I practice puzzles every day. I'm mentally and physically ready.
What are you most proud of from the last time? My loyalty. I set aside pride and played the game. I am proud of my physical strength. I was a strong competitor in every challenge.
What, if anything, do you most regret? I regret not making a big move and to win, you have to. This time I am willing and ready to do whatever it takes.
How will you play differently this time? Last time, I focused too much on my social game. I know it's important, but I need to use the friendships I make to an advantage. I want to make big moves, blindsides, and do things that make me worthy to win. I am a physically strong competitor. I am bound and determined to win the Immunity Necklace numerous times![2]


Worlds Apart

Sierra was initially placed on the hardworking "Blue Collar" Escameca tribe. In the early days, she was criticized by her tribemates for her lack of work ethic around camp, and quickly found herself near the bottom of the tribal hierarchy. However, she formed a bond with Lindsey Cascaddan. Escameca won the first three Immunity Challenges, but finally lost immunity on Day 11. Sierra and Lindsey then attempted to target Rodney Lavoie Jr. for his sexist comments about women as well as his poor performance in the challenge, claiming "my horses are smarter than Rodney". At Tribal Council, the votes were split between her, Lindsey, and Rodney, with Lindsey being eliminated in the revote. Back at camp, Sierra was upset because she was all alone and vowed revenge on her tribe. To make matters worse, Dan and Rodney vocalized their issues with her, which upset Mike who was trying to keep the tribe unified.

The following day, a tribe switch occurred and Sierra found herself with 4 of the 5 remaining original Escameca members within a new 7-member Escameca tribe. Due to her rocky relationships with both Rodney and Dan Foley, she contemplated joining a new four person alliance with the newer members. However, the tribe reverted its target to Joe Anglim instead as Rodney, Joaquin Souberbielle, and Tyler Fredrickson viewed him as too large of a physical threat. Mike Holloway and Rodney threw the Day 16 Immunity Challenge in an attempt to get rid of Joe and keep Kelly Remington, the only original Escameca member switched to the Nagarote tribe, safe. Dan and Mike, however, considered keeping Joe in order to split up the close bond forming between Joaquin and Rodney, leaving Sierra as the swing vote. Sierra ultimately rejoined forces with Mike and voted against Joaquin, blindsiding him in a 4-3 vote.

On Day 17, the tribes merged into the Merica tribe and she joined the Escameca Alliance consisting of original Blue Collars and White Collars. The alliance targeted Joe, but he won immunity so the target was switched to Jenn Brown. At Tribal Council, Jenn played her Hidden Immunity Idol negating the seven votes cast against her and blindsiding Kelly in a 4-1-0 vote. Joe won immunity again on Day 22, and the alliance targeted Hali Ford. However, Sierra considered joining an all-female alliance with the girls from the Nagarote Alliance to vote out Dan, who she still shared a rocky history with. At Tribal Council though, she remained loyal to her Escameca Alliance and Hali was blindsided in a 7-4 vote. Joe would finally lose the next Immunity Challenge and was voted out at the following Tribal Council. After the Survivor Auction on Day 25, Mike blew up Rodney's inner alliance of himself, Tyler, Carolyn Rivera, and Will Sims II to the whole tribe. However, this and Mike's earlier actions at the Survivor Auction made Sierra and the others turn on him. The new plan to take out Mike was put on hold as won immunity on Day 27, the alliance eliminated Jenn at Tribal Council.

Mike won immunity again on Day 29 and Shirin Oskooi became the target. After the challenge, Shirin told Sierra to get rid of Tyler because he was a challenge threat. Sierra wanted to get rid of Tyler but was not sure if her alliance would do so and at Tribal Council, Shirin was voted out. On Day 30, the team of Sierra, Carolyn, and Mike won reward. However, they did not give it up to Rodney, which infuriated him because it was his birthday. After Carolyn won immunity on Day 32, the majority alliance of six was forced to turn on each other due to Mike having a Hidden Immunity Idol. Carolyn proposed to Sierra, Dan, and Rodney that they split their votes between Mike and Tyler. At Tribal Council, Mike played his idol negating the four votes cast against him; Carolyn, Sierra, and Mike voted for Tyler and Tyler was sent to the jury.

After Mike won immunity on Day 35, Dan told Sierra to vote for Carolyn, though she considered voting for Dan because of his Extra Vote advantage. Mike later told Carolyn and Sierra that Dan, Rodney, and Will were voting for Carolyn. At Tribal Council, Sierra joined Dan, Rodney, and Will in voting for Carolyn. Dan used his Extra Vote advantage and cast a second vote for Carolyn. However, Carolyn played her Hidden Immunity Idol, negating the five votes against her and blindsiding Dan in a 2-0 vote. On Day 36, the final five got to meet their loved ones; Sierra met her dad, Danny. Mike won immunity on Day 37, forcing the majority alliance of four to turn on each other. Sierra made a final three deal with Carolyn and Mike and target Rodney that night. However, unknown to Sierra that Mike had another plan in operation with Rodney and Will to blindside Sierra, possibly being a bigger jury threat than Rodney. At Tribal Council, she openly stated she was a threat and claimed that the tribe should be voting out unworthy players. Unfortunately for her, Mike and Carolyn did not agree and Sierra was blindsided in a 4-1 vote.

At the Final Tribal Council, she asked Will which of the other finalists' traits he wanted. In the end, she was the only juror to vote for Carolyn, who lost to Mike in a 6-1-1 vote.

Voting History

Sierra's Voting History
Episode Sierra's
Voted Against
1 Escameca Tribe Immune
2 Escameca Tribe Immune
3 Escameca Tribe Immune
4 Rodney;
Kelly, Rodney;
5 Escameca Tribe Immune
6 Joaquin -
7 Jenn2 -
8 Hali -
9 Joe -
10 Shirin -
11 Shirin -
12 Tyler -
13 Carolyn3 -
14 Rodney Carolyn, Mike,
Rodney, Will
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner", the vote ended with a 2-2-2 tie between Sierra, Lindsey, and Rodney, forcing a revote. On the revote, Sierra did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^2 In "The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight", Jenn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sierra's vote against her.
^3 In "My Word Is My Bond", Carolyn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sierra's vote against her.

Game Changers

Sierra returned on Survivor: Game Changers and was placed on the Nuku tribe. During the opening scramble at the marooning on Day 1, Sierra found the Legacy Advantage hidden on the boat. She aligned with Brad Culpepper and found out that the legacy advantage gives her immunity at the final 13 or final 6. Nuku won the first two Immunity Challenges. She along with fellow Nuku's Brad, Tai Trang, and Debbie Wanner were switched to Mana, where they were joined by original Mana members Caleb Reynolds and her fellow Worlds Apart castmate Hali Ford. After Mana lost immunity, Sierra, Brad, Debbie, and Hali agreed to vote out Caleb, and he was voted out unanimously at Tribal Council.

Tavua won immunity on Day 11; however, both Nuku and Manu had to go to a Joint Tribal Council, and vote out one member. Sierra made the suggestion of voting out Malcolm Freberg, largely for his strength in challenges. At Tribal Council, Brad convinced Tai to play his Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra after being told by Nuku member J.T. Thomas that she was the target. The six votes cast against her were negated, and Malcolm was blindsided. She, along with Brad and Hali, remained on Mana after the second tribe switch.

At the merge, Sierra wanted Michaela Bradshaw out because she was growing annoyed by her personality. She later thought about splitting the vote between Hali and Michaela because she believed Hali had an idol, and Hali was blindsided. After being notified by Zeke Smith that she was the target, and that he wanted to work with her, she talked to Cirie. She was later persuaded by Debbie to vote against Ozzy Lusth, and he was blindsided at the next Tribal Council. On Day 26, she told Sarah Lacina whom she believed was on her side she wanted to make a final three deal with her and Debbie. However, Sarah flipped on Sierra's alliance, blindsiding Debbie, and leaving Sierra and her remaining allies on the bottom.

At the next Tribal Council, Sierra voted for Tai, but Zeke was blindsided. The next day, she told Sarah about her legacy advantage, and that she would give it to her if she was voted out, and she saw her dad, Danny. While Brad, Sarah, Andrea Boehlke, Aubry Bracco, and Cirie Fields were on the loved ones trip, Michaela and Tai plotted with Sierra and Troyzan Robertson to align with Brad and target Andrea. Her ally Brad won immunity at the next challenge, leaving Sierra vulnerable. At camp, Sierra and her alliance planned to convince Tai and Michaela to blindside Andrea. However, Sarah told Michaela and Tai about Sierra's legacy advantage, and this prompted them not to side with Sierra. At Tribal Council, Sierra, Brad, and Troyzan voted for Andrea, but the rest voted for Sierra, thus voting her out. Not knowing Sarah was the reason for her elimination, she gave her the Legacy Advantage.

At the Final Tribal Council, she gave her vote to her ally Brad, who lost to Sarah in a 7-3-0 vote.

Voting History

Sierra's Voting History
Episode Sierra's
Voted Against
1 Nuku Tribe Immune
Nuku Tribe Immune
2 Caleb -
3 Malcolm Aubry, J.T., Jeff,
Malcolm, Michaela, Sandra
4 Mana Tribe Immune
5 Mana Tribe Immune
6 Mana Tribe Immune
7 Hali -
Ozzy Cirie
8 Andrea -
9 Tai Tai, Zeke
10 Andrea Andrea, Aubry, Cirie,
Michaela, Sarah, Tai
Voted Out, Day 32
Voted For
Sole Survivor

^1 In "The Tables Have Turned", Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Sierra, negating 6 votes against her.


  • Sierra attended the Survivor primetime edition of The Price Is Right that aired on May 23, 2016. While she did not compete herself, Sierra, along with Ozzy Lusth, helped present and model the prizes in the first Showcase.
  • Sierra competed on Celebrity Fear Factor alongside Abi-Maria Gomes, which premiered on July 17, 2018 on MTV.
  • Sierra became engaged to fellow Worlds Apart cast member Joe Anglim on April 9, 2019.[3] Joe and Sierra officially got married on November 24, 2019.[4] Various Survivor alumni from the couple's past seasons attended the ceremony.[5]


  • At 6'1", Sierra is the second tallest female contestant on Survivor, behind only Crystal Cox.
  • According to Jenn Brown, Sierra originally applied for San Juan del Sur with her father.[6]
  • Sierra was the only female member of the post-switch Escameca tribe.
  • Sierra was the only member of Escameca to participate in all of the challenges before the merge.
  • Sierra is the only original member of Escameca to return for a future season.
  • Sierra is the only female member of Escameca to reach the jury stage of the game.
  • Sierra is the only person to be voted out of Worlds Apart unanimously.
  • Sierra lost 21 lbs. during her time on Worlds Apart.[7]
  • In Game Changers, Sierra was an alternate for Natalie Anderson.[8]
  • Sierra received the most votes out of anyone in Game Changers, with 15.
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra started on a blue tribe.
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra cast her jury vote for a finalist who would not win that respective season.
  • On both of her seasons, Sierra was voted out in the episode that featured the Family Visit.
  • Sierra lost 20 lbs. during her time on Game Changers.[9]


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