Wendy Jo DeSmidt-Kohlhoff is a contestant from Survivor: Nicaragua.

Wendy entered the game trying to keep her voluble personality under wraps, fearing this would cause her to appear as annoying. This, however, worked against her, resulting in her elimination at the season's first Tribal Council.


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Name: Wendy DeSmidt-Kohlhoff (48)
Tribe: Espada
Current Residence: Fromberg, Mont.
Occupation: Goat Rancher
Personal Claim to Fame: Reaching the Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Army.
Inspiration in Life: My mother because she made me who I am today.
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, fishing, hunting, and anything to do with animals.
Pet Peeves: Stuck-up, rude, self-centered, dishonest, know-it-all people.
3 Words to Describe You: Honest, talkative and competitive.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: No one, especially NOT the other female military contestant, Shambo. We just have different personalities.
Reason for being on Survivor: To prove that I can do this. I would also love to pay off our ranch in Montana.
Why you think you will be the Sole Survivor: Because if you put your heart and mind into the game anyone can be the final Survivor. You need skill, strategy, physical/mental abilities and a little luck. I'm Irish, so hopefully I'll have the luck of the Irish with me.[1]


Being 48 years old, Wendy was placed on the older Espada tribe.

She was approached by tribemate Holly Hoffman for an alliance. Surprised that Holly deemed her as trustworthy, Wendy agreed to the proposition to further herself into the competition. However, when Espada lost the first Immunity Challenge, Wendy's peculiar disposition and perceived weakness became factors for ousting her.

At Tribal Council, despite Wendy's last-ditch effort to save herself by telling her best attributes, her speech worked against her. The rest of Espada, including Holly, sent her home after a unanimous 9-1 vote.

Voting History

Wendy's Voting History
Episode Wendy's
Voted Against
1 Yve Dan, Holly, Jane, Jill,
Jimmy J., Jimmy T.,
Marty, Tyrone, Yve
Voted Out, Day 3


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  • Wendy's husband correctly predicted that she would be the first one voted off.[citation needed]
  • It confused the audience when Wendy's vote was revealed to be for Yve Rojas, who was never in danger of leaving prior to the vote. In her voting confessional, Wendy revealed the reason was that she made an alliance with Yve, who did not tell her that she would be targeted, which upset Wendy.[2]
  • Wendy was the only woman voted off before the tribe switch on Nicaragua.
  • Rob Cesternino referred to Wendy in one of his podcasts as "the worst contestant in the history of Survivor."[3]
  • Wendy placed last in Survivor Oz's ranking of all players from Survivor: Borneo to Survivor: San Juan del Sur.[4]
  • Wendy is the first, and so far only, resident of Montana to play Survivor. Amanda Kimmel is also originally from Montana, but had already moved to California when she was cast for Survivor: China.


Survivor: Nicaragua Castaways
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