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Courtney Marit
31, Los Angeles, CA
Performance artist
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Aras Baskauskas
Austin Carty
Bobby Mason
Bruce Kanegai
Cirie Fields
Courtney Marit
Dan Barry
Danielle DiLorenzo
Melinda Hyder
Misty Giles
Nick Stanbury
Ruth Marie Milliman
Sally Schumann
Shane Powers
Terry Deitz
Tina Scheer

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Date, source
January 25, 2006
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January 25, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Courtney, led by Jeff Probst, with Mara Reinstein (US Weekly), Paul Adler (TV Guide channel), Shawna Malcom (TV Guide), Dalton Ross (EW), Jarett Wieselman (In Touch). Transcript:

courtneyJarett Wieselman: I think Courtney's very interesting. I think it depends on how she meshes with the girls. And I think she could either be the first one out or possibly one of the final two. Because she's very strong, but she could sort of rub people the wrong way.
Courtney (pre-game interview): I've just had a unique life, um, from the beginning. 16 years of gymnastics, and then world travel, and living a self-employed life.
Jeff Probst: What I can't figure out and give me your take on this with Courtney: Is if she is comfortable with who she is.
Shawna Malcom: I didn't get that feeling at all. It's like she's desperately searching for an identity, and so she's trying out all of these things.
Jeff Probst: Which is again, not unusual. Even at 31, you're still, we're all still trying to figure out.
Dalton Ross: We grew up in the same area and she went to a, uh, a very strict Catholic girls' school. Uniform, you know, the whole deal. And you can see what's going on, is that she's sort of realized that there is another world out there, another side to her, and so she's sort of going in that direction.
Paul Adler: I think a thing about Courtney is that her outer appearance, um, I think is gonna fool a lot of the contestants. I mean she's very smart. She's kind of an urban survivor. She's run a theater company and she's like, you know, built sets and she's, you know, uh, made a living doing crazy, odd jobs. So I think that the dreads and the hair kind of spiky might throw people off.
Courtney (pre-game interview): I don't conform. Basically, I just do what I want. And this is what I want to look like. So, this is what I look like. I'm just free, you know. And I enjoy dreadlocks, I like the way they feel, I like how I don't have to deal with them. And, um, I'm just funky and free, baby.
Jeff Probst: Do you think if two years ago we saw Courtney she had the dreads?
Group: No.
Dalton Ross: I wonder about her Survivor smarts a little bit, though. Because her luxury item that she picked was stuff like firesticks and things to make fire. I'm like, 'You really think they're gonna let you bring that out here?' You know, you really think that they're gonna, 'Hey, Day 1, here ya go!'
Jarett Wieselman: Here's some gasoline and a match.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Courtney-specific footage from the TV Guide Channel " Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):

"Danni Boatwright: With her dreadlocks and abundant energy, performance artist Courtney might be providing the most spark on the young women's tribe.
Courtney (pre-game interview): I dance with fire, and... I dance on stilts, and I do work on trapeze. Um, I've worked for Cirque du Soleil, so I provide a good time."

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Courtney's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Courtney Marit was born in Washington, D.C. An avid gymnast, she reached elite level, was nationally ranked and eventually received a gymnastics scholarship from the University of Georgia, where she was part of the 1993 NCAA Championship team.

Marit is currently a performance artist, working with others to collaborate and create theatrical shows that include music, fire, trapeze, stilts and a myriad of circus arts. She is founder of Revolve Productions, a company that has brought together musicians, disc jockeys, designers and performers dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind events. She also teaches fire dancing with the intention of celebrating this ancient art form as a tool of self-expression, meditation and fun. Additionally, she is working on her first screenplay and focusing on creating film and documentaries that promote world unity.

Having traveled to over 30 countries around the globe, Marit previously worked as a deckhand/cook and helped deliver luxury yachts across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. She also worked as a massage therapist, ski instructor, snow maker, farmer, elder caregiver, trailblazer, biking/hiking guide and importer.

Marit's many adventures include climbing mountain peaks in the Cordilla Blanca of Peru, skiing the mountains of Alaska, running a marathon in Honolulu, performing throughout Europe, living in caves in India, surfing in Costa Rica, hitchhiking through Mexico and walking the deserts of Chile. Marit wants to have the experience of a lifetime and lives for adventure and knowledge. Learning about other countries and cultures is her passion. She enjoys celebrating life and the world she lives in.

Marit describes herself as free spirited, creative, fun, sensitive and compassionate. She enjoys being part of an artistic community that integrates music, creation, dance and travel.

Marit is currently single and living in Los Angeles. Her birth date is May 24, 1974.

January 7, 2005: Summarizing a minor tip we received: Courtney is the girl with dreadlocks, and she's on the younger women's tribe. (We don't know her surname).

Date, source
Dec. 2005 - Jan. 2006
S12 contestant thread, Survivor Sucks
ChillOne's spoiler thread, Survivor Sucks
December, 2005 - January, 2006: A rough outline of Courtney-related contestant rumors and research done in the S12 contestant thread and ChillOne's spoiler thread at Survivor Sucks:

- On November 28th, 2005, ChillOne starts the wheels turning with this sentence: "The
african american girl, military guy, rasta chick, and asian dude go ... into the game." (edited in deference to spoiler-phobic sensibilities).
- December 1st, 2005 - An update from ChillOne: "The rasta chick is a blonde ... not sure of her ethnicity."
- December 15th, 2005 - Wezzie adds: "I think Rasta girl was in LA for the Guatemala finals." (This was later seconded by Survivor View).
- January 6th, 2005 - Further details from WishICouldTell: "
Okay. Here's the thing. I (think I may) know what dred girl looks like, but i can't really verbalize it. So. This is what dred girl is gonna look like...Go to the Rock Star website, look up the dred girl there, and imagine her with the following differences...
- whiter skin (not Anglo white, but not black or even half black; maybe traces of French Indian?)
- light brown dreds, rather long, to bottom of her derriere
- about age 27 - 30
- about 5'6"
- not a pudge like the Rock Star dred girl - leaner."
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