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CBS Survivor: Samoa
August 27, 2009: Three weeks before the premiere, CBS finally releases the cast on their official web site. Here's Marisa's bio from there:

"Marisa Calihan (26)
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation: Student

Marisa Calihan is no stranger to surviving off the land. This 1st generation Appalachian was born on a farm in Ohio and learned many of her survival skills from her father. Growing up with eight siblings, in a blended family with many adopted children, Marisa learned from an early age how to take care of herself. “I am paying my own way through school and have been on my own since I was 17.”

Aside from her early roots in farming, Marisa also has experience working in third world conditions. While abroad, she worked with street children in poor countries with no plumbing or running water and it changed her life. Although after eight years of being a free spirit and living abroad in such places as El Salvador and Spain, Marisa returned home to go back to school and help take care of her family.

For Marisa, the money would go a long way in making her family’s lives better and helping her achieve a few long term goals. “There are so many things I can do if I just had a nest egg to start with. I won’t have to fight tooth and nail for everything, if I just had a little bit of money.”

Resourceful and creative, Marisa believes she has what it takes to persevere and become the sole SURVIVOR.

Marisa is single and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her birth date is July 26th."

Marisa's pre-game interview video:

Survivor Sucks
August 26, 2009: A series of posts on Survivor Sucks elucidates who this contestant, front and center (back and center?) in the ads is:

- In response to a post about her picture, which could have been interpreted as saying her first name was Kelly, brand-new poster "secret" pops in to correct: "It's Marisa, from Cincinnati."

- Shortly thereafter, LoLz comes across a youtube of the ad, in which an interesting comment was left: "there was this person by the nick nahilackered who wrote: "go on and get it little know who u r" ...if you reverse the spellings, the person's name appears to be Derek Calihan. so probably one of the chicks goes by the surname 'calihan'??

- Finally, longtime spoiler smokeitgood puts the two pieces together, and finds Marisa Calihan, including new pictures, and a TV news interview from Cincinnati, in which she was an eyewitness to the aftermath of a high-speed police chase.

August 24, 2009: First Survivor: Samoa ads begin to air on CBS, and Marisa is featured in a number of shots, including the theme-establishing closing confessional: "He could be the devil incarnate."

marisa, mid-challenge
Marisa, mid-challenge
marisa, pre-game
Gratuitous pre-game footage
marisa, mid-challenge
Marisa, blocking (providing?) Probst's view
running with the devil
Marisa opines on her fellow castaway

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