Gavin Whitson - Survivor: Edge of Extinction

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 39 | Wins: 0 | Final Three: 1

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Gavin Whitson - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S38: Edge of Extinction 3.73 15.14 0.25 8 0 12 0.67 4.67 4 13 0.31 1.22 10.24
Career 3.73 15.14 0.25 8 0 12 0.67 4.67 4 13 0.31 1.22 10.24

 

Gavin Whitson - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile

53%

Tribal: VFB% percentile

68%

Tribal: rVAP percentile

99%

Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.

 

Gavin Whitson - Challenge record
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Ep6 RC - Rod Screw It

Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-11; 3 2nds):

  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Social Network" - Helps work the puzzle for Kama, and Kama wins!
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Helps haul the giant snake around, and Kama wins again.
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 3 RC: "Losing Face" - Fails to hit a target with the slingshot, and Kama loses, 4-1.
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 3 IC: "Beyond the Wheel" - Jumps to grab a key, then watches the puzzle stage; Kama wins!
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 4 IC: "Yank Yer Hank" - Climbs and hauls, and Manu doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 5 RC: "True Grit" - Crosses the obstacles, lands his bolo, Manu takes second (2nd*/3).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 5 IC: "A Bit Dinghy" - Dives for a buoy, helps with the puzzle, but Manu loses (3rd/3).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 6 RC: "Rod Screw It" - Tosses sandbags, lowering both flags, Manu finishes second (2nd*/3).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 6 IC: "In Through the Out Door" - Crosses the obstacles, but Manu loses.
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 8 RC: "Planks a Lot" - Swims and climbs to retrieve a plank bundle, but the yellow team loses.
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 11 RC: "Dressed to Keel" - Tosses rings, landing two, but the yellow team loses, 3-2.

 

Ep9 IC - Bow Diddley

Individual challenge record (3-for-13): (Mean % finish: 57.4%)

  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 7 IC: "Audio Slave" - Second to drop out, in the first stage (12th/13).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 8 IC: "Keep on Your Toes" - Third person to drop out, fairly quickly (10th/12).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 9 IC: "Bow-Diddley" - Lasts into the final stage, and Gavin wins! (1st/11).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 10 F10 IC: "Squatty Probst" - Among those competing, second to drop out (5th/10).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 10 F9 IC: "Paddle Out" - One of six people unable to place any balls (tie-4th/9).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 11 IC: "Star Man" - One of several people working the puzzle as Rick wins (tie-3rd/8).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 12 RC: "Stuck in Love" - Paired with his wife Carly, but does not win (tie-2nd/7).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 12 IC: "Chimney Sweeps" - Lasts over 50 minutes, and Gavin wins! (1st/7).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 13 RC: "Running Down a Dream" - First to land two balls, and Gavin wins! (1st/6).
  • Edge of Extinction Ep. 13 IC: "Home Stretch" - One of five working the word puzzle when Rick wins (tie-2nd/6).
  • Edge of Extinction F6 RC/ IC: "Odyssey 6" - Not among the leaders on the final puzzle (tie-4th/6).
  • Edge of Extinction F5 IC: "Giant Tick" - Races Rick on the final puzzle, but does not win (2nd/5).
  • Edge of Extinction F4 IC: "Let There Be Rock" - Repeatedly drops his stack, does not win (tie-2nd/4).

 

Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • Edge of Extinction: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 3
2nd place: 3
Played: 11
Win%: 0.41
Sat out: -
Individual challenges
Wins: 3
Played: 13
Win%: 0.24
Mean% Finish: 57.4%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: -
Mean% Finish: -
Gavin Whitson - Tribal Council record
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Ep5 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0) | Advantages held/played (1/1):

  • Edge of Extinction, Ep. 12: Followed Aurora's instructions in using her extra vote advantage on Ron (Day 31).

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (8/12):

 

VAP - Votes against (0):

  • Edge of Extinction: None.

 

Jury votes received (4/13):

  • Edge of Extinction, Ep. 14: Received four votes, from Aurora McCreary, Kelley Wentworth, Lauren O'Connell, and Rick Devens (to finish second, 9-4-0).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 1/1
Idols found: 0
Idols played: -
Votes voided: -
Voting record
VFB: 8
Tribals: 12
VAP: -
Jury votes
Made: -
Received: 4
Total jurors: 13
Gavin Whitson - Pictures
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    Edge of Extinction intro shot
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    Edge of Extinction intro shot
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    ET Canada pre-game interview
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    On the boat, Day 1
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    More boat
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    Oh yay, we get to play with returnees
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    Kama arrival
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    Celebrating Julie's victory over bamboo
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    Pondering the title with Joe
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    Talking about his small-town roots
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Working the slide puzzle
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    Almost there...
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    Kama wins!
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    Kama antics, Ep2
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    Aubry sees a lot of herself in Gavin
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    Talking about looking for idols
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Watching the ring toss
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    Kama wins!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 RC
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    Aiming
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    The losing Kamas, back in camp
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep3 IC
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    Kama wins again!
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    Pre-swap lineup, Ep4
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    Picking new buffs
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    The new Manu tribe
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    Getting the new camp tour from Wendy
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    Wendy spills all Manu's secrets
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 IC
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    Hauling the crate
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    Manu doesn't lose!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 RC
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    About to toss a bolo
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    Yay, second-place sandwiches
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 IC
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    Working on the puzzle
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    The losing Manus
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    Seems legit
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    Wendy hears the actual plan
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    Manu, Ep5 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Wendy
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 RC
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    Tossing sandbags
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    Back in second place
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 IC
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    The (co-) losing Manus
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    Discussing where to target the Manu votes
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    Talking about the plan
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    Lesu and Manu, Ep6 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Wendy
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    Pre-revote whispering
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    Pre-merge lineup, Ep7
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    Getting a merge buff was so great!
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    The booted players are back!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep7 RC
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    The Vata tribe, now with added Rick
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    Merge feasting
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep7 IC
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    Starting line
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    Learning Ron wants to target Joe
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    Vata, Ep7 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 RC
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    Starting line
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    Retrieving a plank bundle
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 IC
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    Outlasting Eric
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    Watching as Lauren passes out
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    Kama strong!
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    Listening to Wardog's sales pitch
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    Consulting with Julia
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    Agreeing that Ron and Eric don't have Kama Strong truly in their plans
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    Heading to Tribal
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    Vata, Ep8 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Wardog
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    Post-Tribal talk with Ron, Ep9
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    Happy that the blindside worked out
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    We're still with you, Kelley and Lauren!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep9 IC
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    Still going...
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    Gavin wins!
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    I've been dreaming of this since I was 8
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    The best part is, now I can take out David
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    Vata, Ep9 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Probst
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    The chaos begins
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    Part of Wardog's freshly assembled new six-person alliance, Ep10
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep10 F10 IC
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    Alliance meeting time
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    Vata, Ep10 F10 Tribal Council
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep10 F9 IC
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    Not going great
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    Vata, Ep10 F9 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Victoria
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    Not pleased about being left out of the vote, Ep11
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 RC
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    Tossing rings
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    We lost, but now I can get everyone to vote out Wardog
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    Or maybe not
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 IC
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    Crossing obstacles
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    And Rick wins
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    Vata, Ep11 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Victoria
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    Talking to Probst with Carly, Ep12
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep12 RC
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    Starting line
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    Making progress
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    Freshly picked to join Ron on reward
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    Grateful for the opportunity to spend time with his wife
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    Loved ones reward feasting
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep12 IC
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    Gavin wins!
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    Safe at Tribal Council tonight
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    Heading to Tribal
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    Vata, Ep12 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Victoria
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    Let's hope so! Ep13
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep13 RC
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    Almost there...
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    Gavin wins reward!
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    Just picked Victoria and Lauren to join him
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    Appreciating the reward
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    Cheers!
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    Tailing Devens
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    Then he just disappeared!
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep13 IC
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    And they're off...
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    Plotting with Lauren
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    Filling in Victoria on the plan
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    Heading to Tribal
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    Vata, Ep13 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Victoria
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    Finale check-in with Probst, Ep14
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep14 RC
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    Watching the re-entry challenge
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    Welcome back to the game, Chris
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    Showing the camp to the new guy
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F6 IC
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    Fresh off the starting line
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    Working the combo lock
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    Working the puzzle
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    Not picked for reward
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    Trying to get Rick to vote out Chris
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    Heading to Tribal
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    Vata, F6 Tribal Council
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    So long, Victoria
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F5 IC
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    Starting line
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    Working the puzzle
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    Yay, Rick won.
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    Vata, F5 Tribal Council
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    Pre-challenge lineup, F4 IC
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    Starting over...
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    Thinking about making fire
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    Practicing, with Julie
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    Vata, F4 Tribal Council
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    Chris gives his necklace to Julie
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    Morning 39 breakfast
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    Reflecting on his game
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    Heading to Final Tribal
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    The final three
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    Facing the jury
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    Answering a question
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    Reunion show, waiting for the vote reveal
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    Get on with it, Probst
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    Hugs for the winner
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    Full cast, reunion show
Gavin Whitson - Interviews
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Pre-game interviews

  • Arisa Cox at ET Canada (1/31/19): "Gavin Whitson Is Ready to Bring a Southern Strategy to Survivor" (YouTube)
  • Josh Wigler at RHAP (1/31/19): "First One Out Presents: The People v. Extinction | The Kama Tribe"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Dalton Ross at EW.com (5/16/19): "Gavin Whitson weighs in on controversial jury decision"
  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/16/19): "Edge of Extinction FINALE Exit Interviews"
Gavin Whitson - Bio
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Official CBS Edge of Extinction bio excerpts (February 1, 2019):

"Hobbies: Going to Disney World, binge-watching The Office (I can quote every episode), eating Texas Roadhouse fried pickles. I might need to rethink my life based on my hobbies...

Pet peeves: Holding the door for someone and they don't say thank you, people who vape, people asking me if I am still in high school, slow texters, other people touching the radio in my car, and parents yelling at their kids in youth sporting events.

What is your personal claim to fame?  Five years ago I asked a girl to go out with me and she said no. One year later I asked again and she said yes. Now we are engaged and I couldn't be happier. She is also lucky because I am a catch! It's really an accomplishment for both of us.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? My mom and dad. They have been my support system for the past 23 years and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. They have taught me to always show kindness, no matter the situation. They have also taught me that if you truly want something in this life, you will do everything you can to get it, no matter what it takes. I am going to use the values and lessons they have taught me to play this game.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? Xbox: I can pass the time watching Netflix or playing Fortnite. A mirror: gotta make sure I am looking sharp for everyone at home. Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream: do I really need to explain?

Which Survivor contestant are you the most like?  Keith Nale. Everyone loves Keith! I would just play more socially aware. He's the only guy that could compete with Joe Anglim. I want to be the guy everyone is pulling for back home.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?  First off, if I can survive running a summer camp with 100 crazy kids, I know I can survive on an island with 20 crazy people. That's 80 less crazies to deal with! I'm from the south, so being outdoors is in my blood. I also bring the mindset where if you want something, you get off your ass and go get it. Nothing will be handed to you. I will earn my spot in the group."