From his MSN.com contestant profile:
"Keith says: My dad told me, 'You're a winner, so win!' I have a pacemaker so I was born with a heart condition. I am worried people will try to get me out because they'll think I'll get sympathy votes.
Jeff [Probst] says: He's cherubic."
From his EW.com new contestant picture caption (by Dalton Ross):
"Keith has one big worry coming into this game: the pacemaker that has been in his chest since he was a young boy. Not that it will hamper him in the challenges, but will it hamper him in making it further in the game? 'It's definitely an issue about telling [the other contestants] or not telling them, but I have a pretty big scar and it's pretty visible. You can see the bump. So I need to figure out how to play that because there have been people in the past that have gotten kicked off because they think they're going to get a sympathy vote.'"
Excerpts from his official CBS Survivor: South Pacific bio page:
"Personal claim to fame: I graduated college and moved to Hawaii for two years because that was my dream.
Inspiration in Life: My mom. She raised me and my sister with little help and eventually bought a house for us after saving for years. She taught me how to be a gentleman even while I was causing trouble when I was young. She instilled great morals, values and love for all those around me.
Hobbies: Surfing, swimming and long-boarding.
Pet peeves: I really dislike people talking behind my back, especially when it's not true, and rude people.
3 Words to describe you: Fun, adventurous and driven.
Survivor Contestant you are most like: Boston Rob because he's memorable and played one of the best psychological games.
Reason for being on Survivor: I want to challenge myself, learn what limits I can reach and break them. Not only to survive, but win, so I'm number one.
Why you think you'll 'survive' Survivor: I have strength, intelligence and am EMT certified. I have the ability to manage high stress situations and still have a positive attitude. I am also willing to do whatever it takes to survive.
Why you think you will be the sole Survivor: I can make people understand, or think my decisions are looking out for them. I never quit. I wouldn't go on the show if I didn't feel I could win!"
Summary of evidence for Keith Tollefson being on Survivor: South Pacific.
- Polonium at Sucks (7/21/11) finds contestant in Brandon Hantz's facebook friends list, including: "Keith Tollefson - He appears to be an environmental field technician from Minnesota, currently working in San Diego. No real obvious connection to a 20 year old Brandon Hantz from Texas...so he seems likely to be on as well.
Keith Tollefson and Jim Rice are [also] Facebook friends despite not having a connection other than both being friends with Brandon Hantz."
- Polonium also cited Keith's LinkedIn profile (now deleted, apparently), which listed his location as "Greater San Diego area," his current job as being in "Environmental Services industry" since October, 2010, and his undergraduate degree from "University of Minnesota-Duluth; B.A., Environmental Policy and Management, 2007."